Introducing PRIMED For Teens
PRIMED For Teenagers with ADHD.
Ever since I started promoting my ADHD coaches service to adults, several have asked whether I would work with their teenagers.
Now I do.
I considered the challenges of balancing homework with social lives and family and part-time jobs. I thought about brain development. I remembered the overwhelm of being at an age between child and adult. I also understand that there’s only so much that a teen can control in their lives.
Accordingly, I adapted my adult program to the lives of teenagers.
I am thrilled to introduce PRIMED for Teens, providing you or your teen help where help is needed. Teenagers have a different set of challenges than adults. The tools I teach teens will be invaluable for the rest of their lives.
How does ADHD affect your life?
Do you relate to any of the following?
→You feel like a failure or a fraud, afraid you’ll be “found out.”
→You have strained relationships. Friends think you ignore them.
→Your backpack, locker and bedroom are a mess.
→You’re easily bored and do a lot better in school when you enjoy the subject.
→Homework waits until the last minute if it gets done at all. Assignments are turned in late.
→You experience test anxiety, maybe panic.
→You have trouble finishing tests on time. You interrupt your teachers or don’t speak up at all.
→You fall asleep in class or daydream. You’re a doodler.
→You often feel frustrated by don’t know why. Your moods are up and down. (Could be ADHD, could be teen hormones.)
In addition to “regular” teenage behaviour…
+ Do you recognize the traits on the left in your child?
+ Does your teen seem to not hear you when you’re speaking to them from the same room while they’re doing something else?
+ Do you often get called to parent-teacher meetings? (Some will, some won’t.)
+ Do teachers tell you that your child should try harder?
+ Getting your teen to do their homework is a challenge. They pull all-nighters.
+ Your teen is self-medicating with sugar, caffeine (coffee, energy drinks), cannabis, nicotine or other drugs.
(That you know of. Remember, teens naturally experiment anyway as a rite of passage.)
ADHD is as unique as you are!
Each person with ADHD is different, but these are common issues that might be intensified by the pressures of being a teenager and by all the regular transitions happening in your body and brain.
How do you want to feel?
My mission is to help those with ADHD alleviate their symptoms through self-empowerment.
I want to help you claim your life, be free from the trap of your mind, and feel safe and understood.
I want you to succeed and to recognize the gift that ADHD can be.
How it works
I get to know you, create a plan, get your input – then adjust as needed.
When I coach, I co-create the best plan with my client. It starts with my expertise, and then you have a say in how we go from there.
1.) Free 35-minute information call: A coaching program is a commitment of time and money, and so I begin with a free 35-minute “Getting to Know You” session for the teen and their guardian. Think of it as an orientation session. We’ll discuss your coaching goals. You can ask me questions, I’ll ask you questions, and we’ll decide whether to work together.
2.) Survey of goals & preferences: After we agree to work together, you’ll receive a questionnaire that gives me a picture of where you’re at, helps me determine your needs and reveals your likes and dislikes.
3.) A customized plan: Next, I will create a plan specific to your needs. We will discuss the plan during our Strategy Session.
It is a collaborative process. The document will be shared with you via Google Drive so that during that meeting we can add or remove recommendations.
In this way, you can think of me more as a facilitator than a coach.
4.) Weekly check-ins: Following that session, we will have regular check-ins. During these meetings, we can adjust the plan.
5.) Further support:
After you’ve used your weekly check-in sessions, I encourage you to add more sessions to help keep you on track. This is optional.
Over time, your needs will change. Preferences will change. I’m here to help with all of that. This isn’t a “one and done”. When you’re ready for new tools, come back for more. You can redo the program at any time or have one-off tune-ups.
My teen program includes resources for parents, in the form of documents and links sent by email.
If the teen wants to share the contents of their coaching plan or our sessions, it’s up to them. From my end, it will be kept confidential.
- 35-minute “Getting to Know You” /orientation session.
- A survey to determine your needs for a customized plan.
- A customized plan based on the 6-pillar PRIMED system of ADHD management.
- Week 1: A 60-minute strategy session with scientifically-backed suggestions
- Weeks 2-7: Six weekly 30-minute upkeep and check-in sessions
- Worksheets and email support
- Separate support for parents that won’t break client confidentiality – documents, email support.
- Tools for life. – $$$ value
*Approximate package value: $1000
For less than $800, both you and your teen will have improved peace of mind.
They’ll have skills that they can take into college (if that’s their path) and beyond.
You’ll both get the resources necessary to conquer ADHD. It will be simple but it won’t be easy.
1. “What if I/my child doesn’t have a diagnosis?”
→ I recommend starting with your family doctor or school counsellor. Many schools have resources.
2. “I’m in Canada. Can I pay in Canadian dollars?”
→ Fellow Canadian, I feel you. I’m in Canada too. Several experts advised me to stick exclusively with USD. I don’t want this to be a barrier so get in touch anyway and maybe we can work something out.
3. Is there any other way to save money on your program?
→ There is! If more than one person in your household works with me, I will provide a discount on each package. For example, a discount on adult and teen packages for parents and their kids, or discounts for more than one teen.
4. “Will you recommend a bunch of things I won’t do?
→ After I create your strategy, you will provide input. The plan I create will be based on answers you give me to questions about your current lifestyle and preferences. If, while going through the plan, you say, “Nope, not for me.” We’ll strike it. Of course, you need to be honest with yourself and me, and speak up. And you can’t reject everything I recommend!
5. “How is this different than everything else I’ve started and stopped?”
→ (1.) When you have input in the plan it’s easier to execute. (2.) Weekly accountability sessions with optional sessions after that any time you need one. I’ll check in from time-to-time.
6. “What if I’m too busy to execute the ideas?”
→ “Too busy” is an old ADHD standby. See the answer to #3 above. You want to get it together. I know you do. That’s why you’re here. I strive to keep action items doable. I avoid overwhelming you with too much, too soon.
7. “How do I know that this program will give me relief?”
→ Are you willing to put in some time for yourself? You’re willing to do the work? A lot of the suggestions in my system is common sense. What you need is for someone to package it all together in a way that’s as unique as you are, and you need someone to be accountable to. That’s me, your coach/mentor.