Ability Services - Building On Strengths

Programs and Services

Consultations
Consultations are one-time meetings with a member of our clinical team. You may schedule a consultation in order to receive advice on a particular concern or to determine if on-going work is appropriate for you or your family. Initial consultations are also a required part of being considered for one of our group programs.

ADHD Evaluations
While there is no definitive test to diagnose ADHD, evaluation standards have been been established by medical and psychological associations. (To see these standards click on the American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Practice Guidelines for Diagnosing ADHD or the National Institute of Mental Health guidelines for diagnosing ADHD). The Ability Resource Center evaluation and diagnostic process includes the use of a medical prescreen, an extensive clinical interview, ADHD rating scales, collaboration with other professionals, and a careful differential diagnosis. The diagnostic procedures we follow have been developed by three nationally known ADHD specialists. A typical evaluation requires three to five hours of clinical assessment.

Adult ADHD Coaching
An Adult ADHD organizational coach teaches particular techniques and systems to help individuals achieve academic, organizational or professional goals. ADHD coaches provide a motivating environment to explore what their clients want, help them develop a plan to reach these goals, identify obstacles which need to be overcome, and provide support each and every step of the way until goals are reached. A skilled ADHD coach has developed a particular technology to help individuals be more effective in their life. By assisting a client to commit to action, and by being a sounding-board for their experiences, a client is empowered to move forward in their life.

An ADHD coach with knowledge of learning and attention differences is uniquely positioned to help individuals with LAD realize their potential and achieve their dreams.
ADHD Coaching Brochure

Individual, Family, and Child Counseling
Counseling is the process of receiving support and guidance to help address a developmental, emotional, or family difficulty. For children with neuro-developmental differences and their families, counseling with a therapist who specializes in this area can offer helpful information, provide practical strategies, improve self-esteem, and enhance important life skills such as communication, social, decision making, and problem solving. Counseling can also help you develop specialized parenting approaches, resolve family conflicts, and improve academic performance. For adults with NAD, counseling improves self-understanding and provides a safe place to grieve losses. A therapist who understands the difficulties of living with neuro-developmental differences can help individuals develop practical strategies to compensate for areas of weakness, learn new skills, and make positive changes in order to achieve goals.

Mental Health Group Programs

Got Adult ADHD? Understand Your Brain and Get More Done! We offer an eight-week course in Ashland on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., beginning on October 4, 2013. This course will cover current research in ADHD, why ADHD is really a disorder of executive functioning, research-based treatment approaches (medication and behavior treatment), as well as complementary and alternative treatments. The primary focus of the course will be on implementing pragmatic approaches to improve organization, planning, time management, problem solving, motivation, focus, project initiation and completion.
Adult Program Flyer
Parenting a Child or a Teen with Attention Differences (ADHD)? We offer an eight-week parent training course in Ashland on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., beginning in January 2014. Topics covered include; basic education about ADHD, neuro-imaging and genetic research, medication and behavioral treatments, comprehensive ADHD assessment protocols, ADHD as executive functioning difficulties, complementary and alternative treatments, methods to improve your child’s skill weaknesses, ways to collaborate with schools, 504 and IEP procedures, strategies for homework, and more. Research-based treatment methods will be emphasized.
Parent Program Flyer

Community Presentations

Organize, Plan, Prioritize, and Project Manage! Essential Executive Skills Your Child Needs to Succeed in Middle School and Beyond. We expect middle-school students to increasingly master executive functions, but how and why these skills develop in students in not widely understood. This presentation will discuss recent neuro-psychological advances in understanding executive functions, provide a pragmatic model of executive skills, and discuss ways parents and teachers can support their development in students. With this information, you will be able to more successfully implement specific methods to develop these important life skills.

Additional Workshops and Presentations

We offer a range of presentations and lectures to parent groups, teachers, mental health, and other healthcare providers. Here is a sampling of the presentations we can provide:
  • An Overview of the Primary Types of Neuro-Developmental Disorders
  • A Learning and Attention Simulation
  • The Basics of Understanding and Treating ADHD
  • The Basics of Understanding and Treating Learning Disabilities
  • Promoting Academic Success for Children with Neuro-Developmental Differences
  • Research on Successful / Resilient Adults with Neuro-Developmental Differences and the Implications for Parents, Teachers, and Mental Health Providers
  • Effective Mental Health Interventions for Children and Adults with LAD
  • Teaching Strategies That Work for Children with LAD
  • Raising Children with LAD: The Impact on the Family
  • Learning and Attention Differences and Delinquency: Is There a Connection?
  • Learning and Attention Differences and Delinquency: Is There a Connection?
  • Ending the Homework Wars: Strategies for Parents
  • For Parents:
    • Building Your Child's Skills: The Steps to Effective Skill Building Grieving the Loss of the Perfect Child & Loving Your Child for who s/he is
    • What You Can Do to Promote Your Child's Career Identity
    • Learning to Effectively Advocate for Your Child
To meet the needs of a particular group, specifically designed trainings are available.