Do you feel like you have great potential, but can’t seem to get organized or focus? Are you working or learning from home and your efficiency is…lacking? Online ADHD and executive function coaching is a brief, focused intervention that may be a fit for you.
What is learned during online ADHD and executive function coaching?
Coaching focuses on:
- Ways to decrease distractions in your environment
- Breaking overwhelming projects into pieces you can manage
- Learning what time of day you perform best
- Identifying your “optimal” environment
- Learning how to prioritize tasks
- Improving organizational skills
- Creating a calendar/planning system that works for you
- Time management
- Learning how to be the “director” of your own life
- Figuring out a work/learning setting that will work for you!
- Regulating your emotions
The good news is, organizational skills, time management, and focusing can ALL be learned. This is where I come in!
I’m Dr. Kimberly Miller, a neuropsychologist on the clinical faculty at UC Davis Medical Center. I specialize in treatment of brain-based problems like ADHD and have successfully worked with adults and children ages 10+ to help them learn focus, organization, behavior change skills, and how to get and stay on track! I work with people throughout California online through a secure video appointment system.
Here are some answers to questions I am often asked:
Do I have ADHD? Do I have ADD? What’s the difference?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. That term is no longer used, so if a person thinks they have ADD, the correct term now would be ADHD. But basically, we are talking about the same thing.
There are actually three types of ADHD. Read on to learn more…
ADHD Inattentive Type: a person has pervasive trouble with attention, focus, and task completion
ADHD Hyperactive Type: a person is hyper (think: bouncing off the walls, always talking, interrupting, impulsive)
ADHD Combined Type: a person who has both of the above
How do I know if I have ADHD?
If you have not been formally diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist or a psychiatrist, we will start there. I will take a medical, social, psychological, and educational history. This will help me pinpoint when symptoms first started. I will also try to determine the areas of your life in which symptoms are most disruptive (home, school/work, social life). For children, taking the history involves getting information from a key teacher at school, as school behavior is usually impacted.
Can I benefit from online executive function coaching if I don’t have ADHD?
Many people struggle with executive functions. This is a broad term, but it basically means trouble with:
- time management
- decision making
- switching tasks
- impulse control
Many people struggle with these issues, especially in a remote learning or work environment, because those are particularly distracting environments. If you can’t seem to create a system that works for you, you might benefit from online ADHD and executive function coaching.
My work with Adolescents
I love working with tweens and teens! For tweens and teens struggling with ADHD or executive function challenges, I focus on learning on how to pay attention in class (virtual is even harder), during homework sessions, and setting up a study plan that actually works for homework and tests. Additionally, we may work on problem behaviors if needed.
Anxiety also commonly occurs in kids with ADHD. This may be a focus of treatment if it is impacting your child’s life.
Depression can also be an issue for an ADHD child, as they may lack confidence about their school performance or feel negatively about their inability to live up to their true potential. They may feel bad about their relationships (or lack of deep relationships) with same-age peers.
The first step is identifying which of these problems are going on and arriving at a correct diagnosis. This is where my expertise as a neuropsychologist helps to tease apart interwoven issues. From diagnosis, we can work together to create a treatment plan for positive change. This often involves working with both the child and parent(s).
To learn more about my treatment approach to working with tweens and teens with ADHD, please check out my Adolescent/Teen page.
Want to get started on the right path, right now? Check out my tips for getting things done and not procrastinating: Only Handle It Once.
Please get in touch to see if Healthy Mind Sacramento Online ADHD and executive function coaching is a good fit for you!