Leaders: Renee Crook, Jason Cohen & Mason Proulx
Sessions Duration: 90 minutes
Session Day: 2nd & 4th Thursdays
Dates: Nov 10 & 24 (No Meeting), Dec 8 & 22, Jan 12 & 26, Feb 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22
Time: 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central / 6:30 PM Mountain / 5:30 PM Pacific
The purpose of ADDA virtual peer support is to provide support to ADDA members who are adults with ADD/ADHD in a safe, non-judgmental environment. This is a forum for mutual acceptance, understanding and self-discovery with peers. Participants are encouraged to share their experience, strength and hope. This group is open all ADDA members we especially invite those who are new to ADDA, new to support groups, or newly diagnosed. You don’t have to figure out ADD/ADHD on your own, talk to people just like you. Do you have trouble with procrastination? Losing your keys? Forgetting? So do we.
Group Leader Information
Renee Crook – Bio
Renee Crook, AAC
Founder and Principal of ADDed Perspective Coaching, Renee is an ADHD Coach and ADHD Consultant currently working primarily with adults. Renee’s diagnosis, ADHD: Primarily Inattentive Type, in her late 30s, has kept her connected and drawn to those with a similar experience. An adult diagnosis often comes with a complicated and challenging path of relief, but also grief, regrets, “what-ifs” along with a lot of patterns and habits. Working through that maze can be daunting, lonely, painful and exhausting. She discovered there are ways it can be easier.
Her passions are fed through helping others discover how that can be created for them through her work as an ADHD Coach, Consultant, Tutor and volunteer Facilitator for ADDA’s Adult Beginners ADHD Virtual Support Group and an in-person ADHD Parent Support Group in Bellevue, Washington.
One of her previous lives included 13 years as an Elementary Educator during which, thousands of hours of training and research in learning challenges with specific focus on ADHD was a pivotal point in leading her to her own evaluation and diagnosis.
In her next life, after Elementary Education, Renee fell into the world of Residential Property Management. Although proud of her accomplishments, new skills & ever increasing responsibilities, after 4 years, she decided the company and work she was doing was making her very unhappy leading to the decision to start her own private tutoring business.
As a tutor, wanting to serve her students & their families well, she sought out further training, choosing ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA). While in ADDCA’s Personal Transformations course, she discovered a talent for coaching and began to explore that path more intentionally, finally deciding coaching was really where she was supposed to be. She has truly found her passion and is deeply excited to continue to grow her coaching practice, consulting and speaking engagements educating about ADHD and ADHD coaching.
Jason Cohen – bio
Jason is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst originally from Dallas, Texas. He has moved around and called a few different places home, including Wisconsin and currently Oregon. Jason worked with children and families affected by disabilities in clinical settings through most of his career but has started shifting his focus to other areas.
Jason is currently working toward a certification to be an ADHD coach. His greatest motivators include a desire to help people and bring about positive changes in those around him. He recognizes that everyone goes through hard times, makes mistakes, and suffers in all kinds of ways. In ADDA’s support groups, he wants to create a safe and judgment-free space where you feel comfortable being you.
Jason was diagnosed with ADHD in his mid-20s. He has had life-long struggles with related symptoms. ADDA’s support groups became an important part of his journey of self-improvement and his efforts to not be defined by those symptoms. He is proud to be a part of ADDA and feels privileged to learn and connect with amazing people.
Mason Proulx – bio
Mason is graphic designer and father to two lovably neurodivergent kids, hailing from Canada’s capital, Ottawa. He joined ADDA in March 2022, yearning to connect to a larger community where he didn’t feel the constant pressure to hide his quirks. Here he found a place to learn, grow and to give back some of the kindness that was shown to him.
Diagnosed at age 43 after a lifetime of searching to understand why no matter what he achieved, he still felt so disconnected to the world. It took a friend being publicly vocal about her challenges with ADHD for him to realize what it actually meant. He identified intensely with everything he came to learn about the disorder, and was baffled that no therapist, teacher or loved one had ever suggested it before.
Through this experience, Mason became a proponent of self-advocacy, empathy and encouraging open dialogue about our struggles, because you never know who might need to hear it.
He is admittedly new to volunteering, but is passionate about fostering a world where people feel heard and accepted.