Students with ADD / ADHD
Living with ADHD as a college student is potentially a huge challenge. Organization and creating structure in a day is a struggle. Extra support through college is beneficial. Below you will find an example of how Northwest College Support can assist individuals with ADHD.
Forming a relationship with a therapist is important for students with ADHD. It is well documented that students with ADHD can improve the ability to focus and hold attention through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). One of the primary goals of therapist working with a student diagnosed with ADHD is teaching improved ability to focus, control impulsivity, and self-monitor hyperactivity. A student with ADHD may also struggle through life, and may wish to process those struggles. Our therapists are licensed counselors and social workers with experience in a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. The amount of therapy per week necessary is determined based on an initial team evaluation, with significant input from students and families. All students are required to work with a psychotherapist at least once per week. Family therapy is also available on a case by case basis.
Students with ADHD receive huge benefits from Educational Coaching. ADHD students often struggle with focusing and organizing. Educational Coaches help the student organize and learn to improve self organization over time. Educational Coaching helps a student remain consistent (for example, when an impulsive idea to change classes or degrees arises). The relationship with the Educational Coach is one of support aimed at helping students utilize strengths to overcome areas of challenge. An Educational Coach is not teaching a specific subject, but rather a framework to learn and organize. Through learning how to better study and organize, students have a greater chance at academic success. The amount of Educational Coaching is based on student needs and goals. Most typically, a plan would start with a higher amount of coaching at the beginning of the term, and then decrease as the term progresses. For example, a student might begin by meeting with an Educational Coach twice per week at the beginning of the semester or during mid terms, then the quantity may decrease to once per week or every other week by the end of the semester. The goal of educational coaching is for students to learn to internalize the skills they are being taught, and become good self managers by the end of the semester.
A student with ADHD can struggle academically due to challenges occurring outside of the classroom. These challenges are addressed through a supportive relationship with a Life Coach. Life Coaches work with a student to aid in the process of making better choices, and following through on day-to-day tasks. Students with ADHD may need assistance in areas such as maintaining a clean living environment, healthy eating, regular exercise, and keeping to a weekly schedule. The amount of Life Coaching recommended is based on the goals and needs of the student. The amount of Life Coaching a student receives is based on a collaborative evaluation, with input from students and families. All students initially are assigned to meet with a Life Coach at least once per week.