Frequently Asked Questions

Attention Deficit (hyperactivity) disorder or ADHD or ADD was once thought as a childhood disorder.

Over the past 400 years or so, The “disorder” has been recognized by other names. Some children do appear to grow out of it. We also know it occurs in one of twenty adults, with 75% of those NOT diagnosed in childhood. With a prevalence of 4.4% adult ADHD that means 10 million adults in the USA are affected.

In adulthood, the most prominent challenges appear in chronic disorganization, inattentiveness, and [procrastination and avoidance tendencies]. All of which lead to problems with advanced education, employment, interpersonal relationships and social responsibilities. ADHD IS HIGHLY TREATABLE. Many adults take a combination of medication and therapy.

ADHD coaching is a proven effective addition to a multi-modal treatment plan. Coaching works from an education, skills development and daily actions to empower the individual to take hold of their strengths and abilities.

Common Characteristics of an ADDer as captured by Dr. Ned Hallowell, “they tend to be independent thinkers; persistent to the point of being stubborn; usually quite sensitive, but often cover this over with a kind of bravado; big-hearted and generous; often have charisma or a special something, a twinkle in the eye, a zany sense of humor, or an ability to inspire others. With the right kind of guidance, [these] people can become hugely successful in their lives.” Dr. N. Hallowell, MD – ADHD Specialist.

It is a complex constellation of possibilities for causation from genetics, environmental factors, head injuries. This is why a comprehensive medical, psychiatric, historical overview is essential to determine a diagnosis from licenced health professionals.

Furthermore, up to 47% of adults with ADHD have a coexisting anxiety disorder (the most common is social anxiety), and 38% have a co-existing mood disorder.
Most adults who seek an ADHD evaluation experience consistent challenges in one or several areas of living. The following are some such examples:

• Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently
• History of academic and/or career underachievement
• Relationship problems due to miscommunications, and poor follow through on what was promised
• Forgetting important things or getting upset beyond the situation
• Struggles to manage daily responsibilities, from paying bills, household chores, keeping appointments, organizing time and space
• Chronic stress and worry due to failure to meet responsibilities and accomplish goals
• Chronic and intense emotional responses heightened by feelings of guilt, shame, and frustration

We facilitate the assessment process with a qualified professional to determine if these issues are due to undiagnosed and untreated ADHD, something else, or a combination of causes.

The presentation of ADHD symptoms can change from childhood as well as throughout adulthood. Some individuals may not experience significant problems until later in life. For example, we see very bright individuals able to compensate for their ADHD symptoms and may not run into problems until high school, university or pursuing a career. As a youth, parents may have provided a highly protective, structured home life, thus minimizing ADHD impact.

Without that external structure, some individuals face difficulties to live independently as an emerging adult.
Professionals in the community, parents; Public and Private Sectors; Business owners, employers.

Senior high students, Young adults either workforce or university bound, current university students, graduating students, young adults in the workforce, unemployed, underemployed and employed adults at various stages of their career journey, including business owners, entrepreneurs 6 times more likely to be self-employed.
Yes, adherence to professional code of ethics, and legislation PHIA, FIPPA, a confidentiality agreement is read and signed by all parties.
You don’t have to be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD to benefit tremendously from ADHD coaching works with clients who have ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms to address specific needs and personal goals.

Many ADHD Coaching programs acknowledge the neurobiological underpinnings of the condition in addressing the core symptoms of disorganization, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. Coaching addresses the academic, vocational, emotional and interpersonal life difficulties that are a result of symptoms. A coach helps people carry out daily practical activities in an organized, goal-oriented and timely fashion. Through individualized or group support, coaches help people focus on where they are now, where they want to be, and how they can get there.
A learning disability (LD) share some similarities with ADHD. About 1/3 of people with ADHD also have an LD. Both are neurological conditions that affect how the brain receives, processes, and responds to information, however, the origins are different and people receive different types of treatment for them.

People with LDs have at least average reasoning abilities but difficulty processing specific types of information, which makes it difficult to demonstrate their skills in school and the workplace. It’s estimated that 10-15% of people have an LD. LDs range from mild to severe and are life-long.

People can learn to accommodate for and learn around such differences. LDs may affect: Attention, memory, reading, writing, spelling, communication, planning and decision-making, social competence, visual-spatial processing, coordination, reasoning, calculation/mathematics.

NOTE: individuals with LDs do not have ALL these difficulties. Each individual has a different pattern of strengths and challenges.
We have a 100% completion of training/coaching with advanced skills in self-management, employability skills and work-readiness.
Some reimbursement may be available by some, but not all insurances. Many people draw from workplace Health Spending Accounts, and CSG eligible student coverage for services.

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