Hi there and welcome to the Fantastically Focused website! Thanks for stopping by! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. For 15 years, my description was that of a wife and Mom. I am thankful for those years at home with my family. Now I am pursuing one of my passions – helping those touched by ADHD, while continuing my job as wife and mom.
I have always had a heart for others, which may explain why I married my husband, adopted three children and became an instant mom at the age of 25! All of this while finishing up my Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Radford University in Virginia. During my internship, I worked in a group home for the Intellectual Disabled, previously known as Severe and Profound Mentally Handicapped and enjoyed sharing my love of music in a way that could help them function better and bring a smile to their faces. My music therapy career was cut short when my husband and I had our first child. My degree did help prepare me to parent an ADDer, but nothing prepares you for parenting like real life experience. In 2002 my oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD.
Fast forward a few years to 2009 when my first biological son was diagnosed with ADHD. At that moment I chose to do things differently with him. Even though I felt I did the best I could for my oldest son, I knew there had to be a better way. For years I read and researched, took my son to psychologist and psychiatrists appointments, advocated for him, and basically tried to educate others in his life about ADHD. Five years ago, God laid the desire on my heart to help other parents in similar situations.
In January of 2015, I signed up for a class called “Simply ADD” through the ADD Coach Academy. My mind was blown! I thought I knew so much about ADHD, but I learned much more. There were days I would finish up my class call in utter sadness at what my son has to live with every day. I signed up for the Basic Training to become a certified ADHD coach and Fantastically Focused was born. Along with the Basic Training Program, I have also completed ADDCA’s Advanced Training Program and Family Coaching Program. In May of 2017, I passed my certification exam through the International Coach Federation and earned the credentials of ACC, Associate Certified Coach. My desire is to help parents and their children, adults, and anyone impacted by ADHD.
I chose the name Fantastically Focused because ADHD is not a lack of focus at all. It is actually a lack of self-regulation and a developmental delay in executive functioning. If an ADDer is interested in a topic or task, you cannot tear them away from it. They get in “the ADHD zone” and are hyper focused, or what I like to call, Fantastically Focused. For my ADDer it is video games, LEGOS, a good book, a movie or TV show. Sound familiar?
No matter what you or your loved one may be struggling with, I have 16 years of experience, a compassionate, understanding heart, ADHD coach training, and 2 years of coaching experience to help on your journey. Thanks for visiting Fantastically Focused. I would love to talk with you about how I can help you and your loved one better manage your ADHD challenges. Connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.