Leaders: Donna Hunter, Anne Marie Nantais, Kristine Shiverick and Jane McMaster
Sessions: 60 minutes
Every Wednesday: 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
Time: 8pm eastern/7pm central /6pm mountain/ 5pm pacific.
The College Peer Support Group is for ADDA members enrolled in college. The goal of this group is to provide encouragement and support, helping to solve problems and cope with college life. Topics will include dealing with overwhelm, organization, relationship issues, and procrastination.
Group Leader Information
Anne Marie Nantais – Bio
Anne Marie Nantais, B.A.(Hons.), B.Ed., AAC, ACC – ADHD and Beyond: Coaching, Consulting, Speaking
I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until well after university, but I definitely struggled with its symptoms during my years as a student. I was locked in a cycle of getting overwhelmed with large projects, not knowing where or how to start, procrastinating, then pulling all-nighters to study for exams and get papers done by the deadline (and often after). I’d then collapse from exhaustion, then start the cycle all over again. Sound familiar?
With my diagnosis came the realization that these behaviors were rooted in not knowing how my brain worked differently and were NOT due to laziness or a lack of willpower or smarts. I began learning more about ADHD, my own particular brain wiring, and ways to work WITH my brain to create success. I love working with college students to help them uncover their own path to successful living with ADHD.
I bring both personal and professional experience to this group: I was a classroom and Special Education teacher for 19 years at the elementary and secondary levels. Using that background as a springboard, I launched into training with the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), and am a proud graduate (AAC), and a certified coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.
I’m thrilled to join the ADDA College Peer Support Group to create a space where students can meet others with similar experiences, know they are not alone, and share and learn strategies together. ADDA, its members and its programs, have been a great help to me over the years, and I’m happy to have this opportunity to keep paying it forward!
Kristine Shiverick, M.Ed., ACG, CACP – A.B.L.E Coaching for ADHD, LLC
I know that being a student can feel overwhelming, especially when you are trying to do well in school, have a social life, participate in afterschool activities and possibly even work an afterschool job. I joined the ADDA College Peer Support Group to help provide a safe space where students can share, learn and grow together. While ADHD has its challenges, I know that each student has great strengths and the ability to succeed.
I am a mother of a young adult who has ADHD. I have seen his struggles and successes as he went through 1st-12th grade, and now in college. It is from this very personal place that I pursued training as an ADHD coach. I received my ADHD coach training from ADD Coach Academy (www.addca.com), the only ICF and PAAC accredited coach training program dedicated to the field of ADHD coaching. I continue to pursue classes through ADDCA, while attending other professional development opportunities. Earlier in my life, I obtained a BA in Severe Special Needs Education, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education.
Jane McMaster – Bio
Jane McMaster, AAC, M.Ed. – ADHD and Executive Function Coach
I am so excited to work with ADDA’s College Peer Support Group! I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle in college. As an undergrad I was a mess, bombarded daily by everything from reading a textbook to managing my social life. And to make things worse, I didn’t have a clue about how to review my lecture notes, how to prepare for tests, or even who to turn to when I had problems in a class. I wish I had talked with someone about what I was going through. Luckily, I stumbled upon what I needed to become a more successful student: I got external support and found some helpful study skills. When I went on to graduate school, I had a completely different academic experience. It can be done! I hope you find this Group to be supportive of your needs so that you, too, can have a successful academic experience.
I’m a certified ADHD Coach who helps my clients figure out ways to manage their daily challenges with ADHD and executive functioning. I hold a Master of Education from Marymount University and I’ve been a teacher and academic tutor for the last 20 years. Northern California is my home, where some of my favorite activities are reading, cycling, being outdoors, and enjoying my family and friends.