These students--many of whom may very well be tomorrow's leaders and innovators--need help, and schools and colleges need help keeping them from dropping out.
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) July 29, 2009
GlobalScholar®, a leading innovator of complete end-to-end, student-centric learning solutions, and the Edge Foundation, a national nonprofit organization providing personal coaching for children and young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), today announced the launch of Edge Foundation's online coaching services.
The customized, private label coaching platform powered by GlobalScholar technology, creates an engaging, comfortable, and secure environment where student and coach can work together to help the student develop key skills for academic success; skills such as scheduling, goal setting, confidence building, organizing, focusing, prioritizing, and persisting at tasks.
This is the first time personal coaching has been made available online to students and greatly increases students' accessibility to coaching.
The market for online coaching services, as provided by Edge Foundation and powered by GlobalScholar technology, is potentially huge. As many as 8 million U.S. children--half of them still undiagnosed--are estimated to have ADHD, a complex mental-health disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity and/or hyperactivity. ADHD is prevalent at all socioeconomic levels, in all ethnic groups, at all IQ levels, and it affects girls in the same proportion as boys.
When compared to other students, reported academic difficulties for students with ADHD include problems with time management, memory tasks, organizing and persisting at long-term projects, sustaining attention, locating salient information in texts, taking notes, organizing and editing research papers, and lower grade-point averages, as well as greater instances of academic probation compared to students without disabilities.
"Millions of bright, capable young people with ADHD in the U.S. are failing academically, and the resulting economic and social consequences are potentially enormous," said Edge Foundation CEO Neil Peterson. "These students--many of whom may very well be tomorrow's leaders and innovators--need help, and schools and colleges need help keeping them from dropping out."
"Personal coaching can be a highly effective intervention and support mechanism for students with ADHD, but it's still relatively unknown compared to traditional interventions such as medication and therapy," Peterson said. "When delivered correctly by an ADHD-trained professional, personal coaching contributes directly to improved academic performance, enhanced social functioning, and increased self-esteem. I created the Edge Foundation because my children and I have benefited tremendously from ADHD coaching, and I want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to experience those same benefits."
"GlobalScholar is honored to be able to provide the technology and services to support the Edge Foundation in their efforts to make a difference in the lives of students struggling with ADHD. It is our mission at GlobalScholar to empower the world to learn and we're pleased to partner with Edge Foundation to empower ADHD learners to achieve their goals," said Kal Raman, CEO of GlobalScholar.com.
A complex mental-health disorder that affects the brain's executive-functioning capacity, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is characterized by chronic and severe issues with attention, focus, organization, short-term memory, impulsivity, patience, follow-through and time management. The typical individual with ADHD, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, may "experience a good deal of difficulty in academic, personal or social realms," and is frequently characterized by low self-esteem and vulnerability to drugs, risk-taking and other dangerous behaviors.
Studies have shown that without effective intervention while young, adults with ADHD are twice as likely to commit a crime; six times as likely to be substance abusers; four times as likely to have auto accidents; nearly twice as likely to be divorced; twice as likely to be unemployed; and one-third as likely to graduate from college.
About the Edge Foundation
Launched in 2007 by Neil Peterson, the founder and former CEO of the car-sharing company Flexcar, the Edge Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with ADHD by providing personal coaching. It also has launched a two-year, $1 million research study to document the long-term effectiveness of ADHD coaching. The foundation trains professional life coaches in ADHD-management techniques and connects them with students in cities across the nation for weekly telephone sessions during the academic year.
After students apply online, the Edge Foundation matches them with potential coaches from its network. Once the student selects a coach, they work together in half-hour sessions, with additional e-mail contacts throughout the week. Students learn skills, techniques and strategies for setting goals, building confidence, organizing, scheduling, focusing, prioritizing and persisting at tasks.
The foundation's initial emphasis is on high-school and college students, but its coaching services will be expanded to elementary, middle-school and graduate school students in coming years.
For more information, please visit http://www.EdgeFoundation.org or contact Neil Peterson at 206-910-7515.
GlobalScholar is an educational technology company dedicated to building a bridge to change for education. It is a leading innovator of complete end-to-end, student-centric learning solutions for school districts, colleges, and educational organizations. By offering powerful, leading edge solutions and viable transformational opportunities at all levels of the education community, Global Scholar is focused on becoming a global leader in Empowering the World to Learn.
GlobalScholar Private Label Services and Technology developed the customized, branded, web-based platform allowing the Edge Foundation to expand its services by making personal coaching sessions available to students online in an engaging, comfortable, and secure environment. GlobalScholar's fully hosted, online solution provides a voice-enabled, interactive classroom for private or group verbal discussions and the ability to share and open documents for real-time collaboration. Students are able to view their coach's calendar, purchase sessions securely, and schedule appointments directly online. Since the platform is web-based, users can access their account information and connect for coaching anytime and anywhere.
For more information, please visit http://www.globalscholar.com or contact Justin Smith at 425-460-7078.