Ed.D., North Carolina State University
Kari Lewis has over twenty year's experience working as an educator, consultant, and board-certified coach. She has been a classroom teacher, educational consultant, parent workshop facilitator, teacher trainer, and program innovator. She has a masters' degree in special education from North Carolina State University, a doctorate in special education from North Carolina State University, and she did a post-doctoral study at the University of Kansas which focused on the quality of life for families of children with disabilities.
Teaching at the Institute of Logopedics in Wichita, Kansas was the motivation Dr. Lewis needed to pursue advanced degrees in special education. Since then, Dr. Lewis co-developed the Challenge and Champions Program at North Carolina State University. This program was developed to integrate academics and physical fitness skills to help middle school children with LD and/or ADHD become more independent in the classroom.
During the summers of 1995 and 1996, Dr. Lewis was the educational coordinator for the Multimodal Treatment Study for Children with/without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at Duke University. This national study is recognized world-wide as one of the foremost research studies examining the most effective treatment for children with ADHD.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Lewis has been in private practice as an ADHD coach for children and adults. She has particular expertise in coaching children to improve time management, organization, and planning for tests and projects. She also specializes in coaching working adults, stay-at-home moms, college students, and highly motivated professionals with ADHD.
She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, and three English bulldogs, Aunt Bea, Bocephus and Bubba. Dr. Lewis enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, and running.
ADHD coaching is a partnership between a client and a coach. The partnership exists for the client to reach his/her goals for success in school, a job or career, and within relationships. ADHD coaching is similar to coaching in general, in that the ADHD coach provides the structure for practice of skills and abilities. The ADHD coach teaches strategies and suggests tools to use in daily life. The client is then responsible for practicing these strategies and putting them into place successfully.
Prior to any coaching session you must complete and submit the client agreement form
Coaching begins with an interview to gather information about the client pertaining to his/her strengths, and areas of concern. From there, a plan of action is developed and put into place which may contain: daily goals, weekly goals, and long-range goals. Weekly progress is assessed through face-to-face meetings, phone calls, Skype sessions or e-mails.
Phone or online video sessions can vary in length from 30 to 60 minutes. You and I would decide on the frequency of sessions depending upon the format that fits your needs and goals. The actual monthly rate is determined by the number and length of sessions.
I will provide immediate coaching for non-established or established clients who might need quick, step-by-step direction in order to deal with a current situation or topic. For my established clients, this would be an additional phone session outside of our already established monthly sessions. Sessions will be scheduled as quickly as possible.
Clients may need a quick e-mail or phone reminder throughout the week. The need and frequency for reminders may change weekly. Phone calls will be quick calls just as a check-in.
Coaching is available on-site for professionals with ADHD, adults, parents of children with ADHD, and for children with ADHD.
Dr. Lewis is available to speak at workshops, conferences, and seminars. Please contact her to discuss your needs, interests, and schedule.
LATE CANCELLATIONS OR MISSED APPOINTMENTS: If unable to keep an appointment kindly provide 24 hours notice, otherwise charges will be made for the time reserved. Please cancel Monday appointments by Friday afternoon.
I would highly recommend Kari to anyone who needs academic and life coaching support for your child. Over the past year and a half, my 17 year son has been seeing Kari for academic and life coaching. My son, who has some learning disabilities and academic challenges, needed the assistance of a professional coach who understands his challenges. Acting as the mediator between me and my son, Kari has been a tremendous help keeping him on task, building his self confidence and offering emotional and academic support. I am thankful for her professionalism when we have difficult discussions and her willingness to offer solutions. As a parent, we are so emotionally involved that we cannot see things professionals can see. Kari is great at bringing issues to the forefront, offering solutions and focusing on results. I am so happy that my son trusts and respects Kari and has allowed her to help him through his teen years.
Our daughter worked with Dr. Lewis for five years and it was the best investment we could have made for her! Their relationship became instrumental in giving our daughter the confidence to have ownership of her academic journey. Dr. Lewis taught her the skills to plan, study, test and be accountable for her work. She gives her students ownership and empowerment that is so important for their growth and development both inside the academic scenario and in other areas of their lives. She is consistent, timely, thoughtful, strategic and very, very kind. She leads with her heart and builds a relationship of mutual respect which leads to success.
Kari began working with my son when he was in grade school. He was diagnosed as having ADD in grade 2 or 3. Kari was great at coming up with alternative ways to help him study. I remember one that worked particularly well was that she recorded his spelling words for him. He worked with a handheld mini tape recorder (this is about 10+ years ago – no iPhones yet). Just changing to an oral review and getting to play with the recorder, and to record his own voice spelling the words made all the difference in learning and retaining his spelling words. He test grades went up and up!
Kari has provided an invaluable service to our son. We had always believed in our son’s potential, but it remained unrealized until he began working with Kari. She guided him through a difficult period, and he is now well on his way to earning his degree. We will always be grateful for Kari’s help.
Kari has helped me develop strategies to identify, and focus, on the tasks I need to be working on, to grow my business. I still struggle with distractions, but I'm much better at recognizing the distraction is not part of my plan, getting back on task, and ultimately being more productive.
I have used Kari’s services many times over many years – and in particular helped him with strategies for homework, improving/creating study habits, tips and tricks to help him stay organized, and how to break down large tasks (projects, studying for exams, and eventually writing college essays and managing his college application process). Kari is also a fitness expert, and she was also a phenomenal positive influence on my son about how the body and brain are linked. She shared excellent information about diet and exercise and how they help brain function. The very best result is that I watched my son grow in independence and confidence and in skills for both academics and self-management. Another GREAT experience I had as a parent, by having Kari on board, is that I avoided most homework struggles. It seems to me that teens have a tendancy to butt heads with their parents, and to work better with adults other than their parents – having Kari onboard helped my son and I avoid a lot of struggles, and helped him find and put his best efforts forward. My son is now a successful rising Junior in college. He handled the transition to University level work well. He was able to use the study habits, organization and self-management and self-advocacy skills he learned over the years with Kari and is really growing up nicely. I am so happy for him. I recommend Kari’s work very highly.
For those with ADHD, the importance of physical exercise is well-documented. The recommendation for exercise is at least 20 minutes of vigorous activity daily. This will help to increase dopamine, which in turn, may help with attention, focus, and intention.
A fun and easy way to include daily exercise is to do Tabatas. A Tabata is a four-minute high-intensity interval. For more information, watch the video of the trampoline Tabata included on this page. If you're over the age of 35 be sure to consult with your physician before engaging in this type of exercise.
Recommended books and online resources to learn more about ADHD.
ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that includes the core symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. For children, the symptoms of ADHD may interfere with success at school. For Adults the symptoms often interfere with success at work, home and in social settings. Adults may realize that what they are experiencing is a pattern of problems they have faced since childhood.
ADHD is diagnosed by using a variety of reliable and valid tests and also by obtaining information via observations, teacher/parent reports, and self-reports.
A multi-modal approach is often used to treat ADHD. This may include stimulant medication, parent training, psychotherapy, social skills training, and cognitive-behavioral training.
At the present time there is no specific certification for ADHD Coaching. Reputable sources such as university research programs, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and parents can provide referrals.
That depends upon how quickly you incorporate the tools and the strategies provided by an ADHD coach into your daily life.
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