Many creative, competent, and high-functioning students entering college are not aware that they may be facing increased challenges and might not possess the skills they need to succeed in their new environment. Often, with the support of high school teachers, staff, and their parents, these students have been able to do well enough, or even very well, in order to take the next step in their education. However, without someone helping them to structure and manage their time and tasks, they miss classes, struggle to achieve a successful study practice, and can find themselves hopelessly behind in their school work. Many of these students have Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD), or various learning disabilities along with a general inability to access help and function successfully on their own.
Here at ADD Insights, LLC we have over 35 + years of experience understanding these challenges and the effect they have on a student’s ability to succeed in a college environment. Our programs are quick to identify the problem and quick to help the student confidently apply the solution. We know that when a student can correctly understand their own personal challenges, they can effectively identify the resources and tools they need to use to stay on academic track. We have found that the more they understand themselves and accept their strengths and weaknesses, the fewer false assumptions and bad decisions they will make regarding what they can and cannot do.
Our program offerings are intended to educate, train and inform students, professors, members of the college special needs centers, and other staff. We know that colleges want all of their students to succeed. We at ADD Insights have a proven track record working with these at risk students in teaching them to overcome their challenges and be successful at college – and in their personal lives.
Because we have been in this business for a very long time, we are known for tailoring our services and offerings to meet the specific needs of students and higher education institutions.
The following are examples of our services:
“Unlocking the Potential in Students with ADHD”
(1 to 4 hour presentations for special needs staff and faculty)
In this presentation, staff and faculty members will learn how to spot ADHD in students by becoming familiar with the common characteristics of ADHD and how they cause certain behaviors. They will learn about cutting edge research and the newest advancements relating to what we now know about ADHD. Participants will leave the presentation with the ability to understand and apply what they learned toward helping students with the ADHD brain type. Best of all, they will see clearly why, in addition to being a challenge, ADHD is very much an asset. Participants will leave this presentation with the skills to use their new-found knowledge to help those students with ADHD access their true gifts in order to succeed in college and beyond.
“Uncovering the Truth about ADHD and How to Manage It to Advantage It”
(Training program for students and staff delivered either in person, via telephone, Skype, or web)
This program focuses on helping individual students access their strengths and gifts so they can learn to manage the behaviors that come with having ADHD. Emphasis will be on understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the ADHD brain type. We will share strategies and tools about how to address the unique challenges of ADHD. Participants will learn the process for creating permanent ADHD behavior changes. This training program is completely interactive and there is ample time for Q&A.
One-on-One Student Coaching Programs
(Designed to enable students to understand their behaviors and learn to successfully manage them.)
Our one-on-one student coaching programs work to help students begin the process of developing a thorough understanding of exactly how ADHD affects their academic life. The goal of this program is to help students to function on level with their potential. As students begin to develop a clearer understanding of themselves, they are ready to make important changes and apply new strategies to achieving better academic results.
Some examples of areas that we can address are:
- structuring and organizing everyday life – especially task and time management, knowing when to ask for help and how to get it, staying focused, and overcoming procrastination
- developing better study habits
- test preparation
- project management skills
These target areas and more are available depending upon the specific needs of each student. Typically students meet with their coach once a week and stay in touch with her or him via email in between appointments.
To learn more about College / University Workshops and Student Coaching Services, please contact us today or call 617-524-7670!
The Learning Opportunities Program staff of Mount Ida College was delighted by an hour long informational session with Carol Gignoux earlier this year. She is an experienced, practical, generous and resourceful leader in the field of coaching students with ADHD. Our learning specialists took away a fresh approach in thinking about their students and support for our shared belief in the great potentiality of students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD! - Jill Mehler, Director of Learning Opportunities Program
In the past year Carol has served as an instructor for two day-long workshops here at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She consistently is given rave reviews from those who attend her workshops. They greatly appreciate the "strengths-perspective" that Carol brings to her understanding of those who struggle with ADD Problems. Her workshop attendees consistently report that they leave with very new and different ways of understanding the worlds of their ADD clients. Many comment that they find Carol to be a dynamic speaker who has a tremendous amount of information she conveys in a very engaging manner. I thank Carol for her contributions to date and look forward to Carol's continued involvement as an instructor in our social work continuing education program. -- Vincent Lynch, MSW, Ph.D. Director of Continuing Education Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Chestnut Hill, MA
Carol Gignoux recently presented as a guest speaker in my Developmental Disabilities class. Her personal and positive outlook and abundance of research based and anecdotal information provided a rich and engaging classroom experience. Students found her presentation to be insightful and thought provoking. Many of these future educators left with a wonderful “tool kit” of ideas, and a fresh perspective on ways to assist students with ADD. -- Susan Woods, Associate Dean, Student Support Services, Adjunct Psychology Faculty Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA