University of Calgary helps ADHD students build skills and cultivate networks
The University of Calgary launched a six-week program in 2017 to help students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to develop coping skills and build supportive networks.
“ADHD Skills: Building Capacity in Students with ADHD”, funded by the Campus Mental Health Strategy program, is the brainchild of a psychology student and assistant professor. In a group setting, the program offers at-risk students support before concerns arise, focusing on new students who may struggle with the transition to a university environment.
Over six to eight weeks, the students talk about issues like time management, communicating with faculty and speaking up about their needs. In this way, they learn strategies to succeed and develop a network. The organizers hope the program will be offered regularly to give students access to much-needed resources.