About Emily Rubin Persons - Your ADHD Life Coach
My mission is to help bring light and peace to anyone who has been living with frustration and chaos due to their ADHD. Together, I help my clients discover strategies to focus on the mundane as well as the exciting, and to better understand their ADHD, get to their "who" so they can have a more balanced and fulfilling life.
I entered the world of ADHD when my youngest son was diagnosed in fifth grade. As I researched Inattentive ADHD, at first, I felt guilty that my child had been struggling with frustration and being misunderstood for so long for something that is so common. How is it possible that we (his parents, school, and therapist) all missed the signs? Yet, I was relieved to learn that all of it – the lack of effort in school, the emotional outbursts, the difficulty with doing seemingly easy school assignments, the
stubbornness, the hyper focus on certain activities - all linked to his ADHD. Now, I had to help my son learn to live comfortably and successfully with his ADHD.
My journey led me to the work of Dr. Ned Hallowell, Dr. Russell Barkley, Dr. Ross Greene, and other experts. Podcasts such as Faster than Normal, Distraction, and Attention Talk Radio (to name a few), gave me additional education on living in the now with ADHD. Authors such as Caroline Maguire, Kathleen Nadeau, Chris Dendy, and Michelle Garcia Winner provided me with valuable information I needed to help my son.
The more I learned, the more I knew I wanted to use my experience and knowledge to help others like me and my family. Living with ADHD does not have to be so hard! I could see from own sons (my oldest is dyslexic) and others how an undiagnosed learning difference can cause feelings of shame and anger leading to all sorts of challenges with school, friends and potentially lead to mental health issues or substance abuse. Living with ADHD is a roller coaster, but now we know how to deal with the days my son is a rock star and the other days when life feels a bit too chaotic.
The ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) provided me with extensive ADHD coach training. I also completed the HS & College coach training with JST Coaching. In addition, I completed coursework to achieve 4 certificates with the National Association of Productivity and Organizing (NAPO). I am currently working towards my ICF PCC credential. The learning never stops. I bring all this education, training, conferences, webinars, research and the experiences with my 3 sons with their very different brains, to help my clients.
I love working with High School & college students, helping them find their “who” and build their life skills. I also get great joy to work with adults of all ages. It’s never too early or too late to learn how to create structure and achieve calm by building stronger executive skills to successfully meet your full potential academically, professionally, and socially.
I welcome the opportunity to talk with you about how coaching can help. Please reach out!
“Parents are like shepherds; we can only guide our children.” Dr. Russell Barkley.
What Clients have to say about working with me:
"When I first met Emily, I felt overwhelmed. Structuring my day and getting tasks done in a timely manner have always been challenging. What relief I felt when, with Emily’s coaching, I was able to come up with strategies that worked. One of my favorites was a WALL schedule on which I used color coded post-it notes for scheduling appointments and tasks. It was like I was able to finally “see” time. Thank you, Emily!" BONNIE M, 55+, CA
"Working with Emily has truly changed my life both personally and professionally. Emily's kind voice, calm demeanor and understanding of my ADHD brain helped ease my anxiety while discussing triggering topics which gave me the confidence and momentum I need to shift my prospective to reach my goals of making a big career shit. I absolutely love working with her." KELLY C. 28, CA
"I have a hard time keeping up with all the busy work and studying for school. Emily taught me to plot everything in a planner. It's good because then I spread out the work each day (she calls it "chunking"). She also helps me create a study schedule for tests and finals. When I follow this, my grades are better and that makes me feel good.." William G. 15, NY
After working with Emily, I can't recommend her enough. She is not only incredibly patient but well informed, having a genuine understanding of the daily struggles of ADHD. She helped me discover solutions that I might never thought of on my own (a constant struggle of ADHD is not seeing what's right in front of you). Working with Emily at SKIP Coaching has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. Emilie T, 30, DE