• Biography: Sarah’s biographical highlights.
  • Interview Questions: Don’t know much about ADHD? Here are some questions to get you started.
  • Intro Text on ADHD and Coaching: Impulsivity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ADHD.
  • Images: Down-loadable images, in both high and low resolution.

Biography for Sarah D. Wright, M.S., A.C.T.

  • One of the few coaches in the nation trained specifically to work with people affected by Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Has also been a geologist, teacher, organizer, software developer, program manager, resource director, and corporate executive.
  • Parent of a child with ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • Nationally known speaker on ADHD and on coaching for people with ADHD.
  • Author of Fidget to Focus – Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD,
    with Roland Rotz, Ph.D.
  • Founding Board Member of the ADHD Coaches Organization.
  • Formerly on the executive staff of the Optimal Functioning Institute, the oldest and most comprehensive ADD Coach training program in the world.
  • Lives near San Diego, California, where in addition to her coaching, writing, presenting, and parenting, she is involved in ADHD support groups and education.

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Interview Questions

  • Is ADHD real? Or is it just the diagnosis de jour or an excuse for bad behavior?
  • Has ADHD been around for generations or is it new?
  • Before ADHD was “invented”; what did people attribute the symptoms to?
  • If everyone is ADHDish from time to time, what’s the big deal?
  • Is ADHD over or under-diagnosed? How many people are affected?
  • What methods do doctors use to evaluate children for ADHD?
  • Do you ever outgrow ADHD?
  • What about adult ADHD? Does ADHD every develop later in life?
  • How do adults deal with ADHD? Are the symptoms different?
  • What are ADHD’s traditional treatments? Are there any new treatments?
  • What does “comorbid” mean and what does it have to do with ADHD?

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Intro text on ADHD and Coaching

There is a lot of misunderstanding about this disorder. Many people think it doesn’t really exist. They tell you that you’re just lazy or don’t try hard enough. Or, if you’re the parent of an ADHD child, they will blame your child’s difficult behavior on your bad parenting. Don’t believe it. ADHD is real. Abundant scientific research has shown that ADHD exists and that it is neurologically based (which is to say it is not the result of a moral failure or of bad parenting).

What is ADHD? It is an extreme version of normal behavior that starts at an early age and persists across multiple areas of one’s life. Many people are aware of the hyperactivity, impulsivity, and distractedness that characterize ADHD. But those characteristics are just the tip of the iceberg. Very typically there are also problems with:

  • learning disabilities and working memory
  • emotional control and tolerance for frustration
  • a poor sense of time
  • problems with sleep
  • problems with depression and anxiety

One of the most frustrating things about ADHD is that it is consistently inconsistent. Sometimes you can do what you need to do. Other times you just can’t. And it has nothing to do with how smart you are, how much you care, and how hard you try.

So that’s the bad news. The good news is we also know it doesn’t have to be that way.
Contact Sarah to find out more about ADHD and about how coaching can make the difference.

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Select Presentations

Select Presentations 2010

  • Dec 2010 – Saudi ADHD Society and Support Group, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. ADHD and Coaching.
  • Oct 2010 – Virtual ADHD Conference. Teens Need Help Too.
  • Sep 2010 – San Diego NAPO, La Jolla, CA. Helping Your ADHD Clients-It’s Not What You Think.
  • May 2010 – ACO International Conference, Chicago, IL. Building a Successful Referral Network.
  • Feb 2010 – ADD Resources Professional Inservice, Seattle, WA. Coaching in the Classroom.

Select Presentations 2009

  • Oct 2009 – CHADD National Conference, Cleveland, MI. Edge Foundation Pilot Study.
  • Sep 2009 – Southwest Disablity Conference, Albuquerque, NM. Edge Foundation Pilot Study.
  • Aug 2009 – CHADD Regional Conference, Anaheim, CA. Managing Your Life.

Select Presentations 2008

  • Sep 2008 – Virtual ADHD Conference. Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety.
  • July 2008 – ADDiva Teleseminar. Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety.
  • May 2008 – ADDA Teleseminar. Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety.
  • May 2008 – ACO International Conference. St. Louis, MO. Living with ADHD: ‘A’ is for Anxiety.

Select Presentations 2007

  • Nov 2007 – ADD Classes Teleclass. Fidget to Focus.
  • Nov 2007 – CHADD National Conference, Washington D.C. Group Coaching.
  • Sep 2007 – San Diego, CA. ADHD 101 for Professionals.
  • Jun 2007 – CHADD Regional Conference, San Diego, CA. Living with ADHD: Impact on Families.
  • May 2007 – ACO International Conference, Chicago, IL. Group Coaching.
  • Apr 2007 – University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing. ADHD: What It Is. How You Can Help.
  • Apr 2007 – CHADD of Marin County, CA and CHADD of Palo Alto, CA. Fidget to Focus.

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