#60: Owning Your ADHD: Your 4-Part Framework with Annika Ahlstrom

More and more, we are hearing about ADHD and Executive Function challenges in Adults and how much it impacts an individual’s life. Many high profile individuals, like Mel Robbins and Jenna Kutcher have openly discussed their own adult diagnoses and the impact they face. In the past, the focus has been more on children, but many people discovered during the pandemic when structure fell away they were struggling, some were led to find out why and discovered that they had ADHD and/or issues with Executive Function. That’s because the impact from these challenges are everyday life skills and this difference can really create difficulties for people without the right understanding and strategies.  So in today’s episode of Finding the Upside, I am continuing the conversation about all of that with my special guest, Annika Ahlstrom.  Annika is an Executive Function Coach who has deep experience working with children and families with ADHD and/or Executive Functioning challenges. Now in her private practice, she has expanded her services to serve more adults and couples.  In this episode, Annika talks about her 4-part framework for success in working with people with ADHD.  Her framework entails developing self awareness of challenges and strategies to solve issues in time management, organization and planning. These are all common areas that people with ADHD or Executive Function challenges experience.  We discuss the foundational elements that specifically adults with ADHD need to establish to effectively manage their time and plan for success. Join me and Annika, as we dive deep into her framework, breaking down the key areas and strategies that it addresses.   

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from today’s episode…

  • [01:52]: ADHD and Executive Function in Adults
  • [10:24]: Recognizing Your Critical Voice . 
  • [21:24]: The Impact of Utilizing Resources and Joining Support Groups for Learning Differences
  • [32:18]: Time Blindness: Why Time Management is Key for those with ADHD and Executive Function
  • [45:47]: Planning Backwards: A Project Management Tool for ALL Adults
  • [47:44]: Concretize: Why Annika and I want to make this word into a Bumper Sticker
  • [44:34]: The Importance of the Motto, “Move a Muscle: Change A Thought” 
  • [58:44] Annika’s Seeing My Time® Program

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