Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder characterized by a combination of inattentiveness, distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Additional characteristics include disorganization, poor relations with siblings and peers, memory problems and obsessive thinking. These additional characteristics are related to Executive Functioning Skills and this is where the Cognitive Coach can help.
The Cognitive Coach has over 25 years of experience working with people with Executive Functioning difficulties. Clients learn to recognize the signs of information overload, maximize and work within their attention levels, break tasks down into manageable pieces, organize their workspace and the tasks to be completed, utilize memory strategies effectively and improve interpersonal communication skills. They also learn the importance of keeping a balance in their life, the impact of nutrition and exercise on their level of functioning and how to set realistic expectations to reduce frustration. Family education is provided on an ongoing basis.
As they grow older, children with untreated ADD/ADHD are more prone to drug abuse, antisocial behavior and injuries. More than half of the children diagnosed continue to have symptoms through adolescence and adulthood. The Cognitive Coach can help adults as well as children with ADD/ADHD. Sessions will be focused on learning how to use personal strengths, manage daily tasks at home and at work, set goals and create plans to achieve those goals and improve interpersonal communication skills. Education is provided to spouses and families on a regular basis.