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Becca Colao, MA, Senior Certified ADHD Coach
Boston, MA
I'm an ADHD coach with a hyperactive mind.
Interests: I'm Becca Colao. I used to struggle a lot with my mind in overdrive, but I've figured out a lot in the years since I found out I have ADHD. I've found there's not information out there about this "hyperthinking" experience of ADHD, and I wanted to humbly begin to change that with my blog. I also coach people around focus, distraction, time, planning, and finding the most effective strategies, systems, and structures to suit the way they are built. Many of my clients have ADHD. Some do not.
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I've been sick. I'll tell you more later about that. But for now, it means a lot of things have not been happening, because other more urgent and medically important things have happened. There are papers piled in odd places... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at thinkythink
This morning in a parents' discussion email group, a mom asked if it is useful to be diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I thought my answer might be useful to others so I've excerpted it for you here: Diagnosis... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at thinkythink
As an ADHD coach I talk a lot about using systems and structures as tools; you don't use a fancy day planner because it is somehow intrinsically good. It should make things run more smoothly. Yet, I was stuck when... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at thinkythink
I have too much going on right now. Let's say I don't need more stimulation- though the shock of a quiet house can be a bit discombobulating given the amount on my plate overflowing buffet table. I think we've all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at thinkythink
As we all settle into fall schedules- wait, settle in? Not so sure about that. Anyhow, I've got two openings for one-on-one coaching, and I'd love to have you aboard to get things cranking! There is a bit more info... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at thinkythink
Tuesday is currently my Monday- it is my first workday of the week, at least until the end of summer break. Every week I might forget how much of a transition it is from family time to work time how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at thinkythink
It took a pretty wise friend to ask me how I deal with ALL THAT STIMULATION from raising my super high-energy, fairly high-needs, young children. It took wisdom about ADHD, about balance, and about me. But this isn't really about... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at thinkythink
Ok, this is true for some of my ADHD coaching clients. You tell me that whoa! once you get started, everything is a-ok, or even hyperfocus great. But getting started is tough. Today's getting started for me is full-on anxiety-provoking.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at thinkythink
I want to pick up where I left off last week: curiosity and the scientist-mode. Today I am not feeling so well. Had a migraine yesterday, and migraine effects last longer than an afternoon, even if the meds work. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at thinkythink
I've been giving a blog post to clients to read. It's a blog post by Kyra Anderson about parenting, a child with Asperger. After I read it, I kept thinking about it while talking to clients, because the things the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at thinkythink
It's been an intense year folks, and I do have a number of wonderful people who have been interested in small group coaching by phone. I wanted to let you know that I'll be setting up additional groups after the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2012 at thinkythink
It seems like it comes back to the same things when I'm working with my fabulous ADHD coaching clients. Silly things. Like calendars. I have a wonderful coaching group that has been together for a long time now. We started... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2012 at thinkythink
I didn't really have any expectations of motherhood, or of my children. I chalk this up partially to my own brand of childhood, and partially to my ADHD. Having children- and frankly having a life- feels much to me like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2012 at thinkythink
I'm not trying to get you to dwell in the negative about your ADHD. I'm actually trying to help you fully acknowledge the challenges you are facing, so you can make day-to-day tasks less daunting. The first thing to remember... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at thinkythink
I am snowed under with paperwork! Actually, my two year-old constantly running to sit on the back steps to "wait for the snow to come" has made me even more aware of it being summer, but that's another story. We're... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at thinkythink
Recently an ADHD coaching client told me that she couldn't read some notes I had emailed her because the visual of the unstructured text was overwhelming. The next day someone emailed me a link to a nifty online to do... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at thinkythink
In life coaching we talk a lot about "tolerations." Tolerations are things you have to do on a regular basis, or things on your to do list that haven't been done, that create drag in your life the way wearing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2012 at thinkythink
I deal with mindfulness a lot with my adhd coaching clients but not necessarily in the obvious ways. One of the moments that seems like it's key is remembering that you often forget that you have ADHD. This seems pretty... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at thinkythink
"Work-life balance" is basically a cliche, if useful, concept that life coaches (and business coaches, and us ADHD coaches) talk about a lot. When you work from home this balance is a more detailed and intimate thing, I think. With... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at thinkythink
My older son just turned 4, so I've been a mom for four years. In that time I've had fluctuations in work and at-home-with-kid(s) time, but work time has been really client-focused. That's pretty great if you have ADHD. I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2011 at thinkythink
Just wanted to keep you in loop on a couple of ADHD events I'm working on right now. First up is the Virtual AD/HD Conference. I'll be speaking on becoming a parent with ADHD, and there are a slew of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at thinkythink
The past few weeks I've been hearing a lot about schedule transitions. Educators back to school schedule; kids back to school schedule. I've also been hearing a lot of high expectations about the beginning of fall. It's as though we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2011 at thinkythink
This morning I had a couple hours to go work at a coffee shop. I was going there so I would get right to it, and not be distracted by dishes or my own thoughts. I pulled into the garage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at thinkythink
I've been asked to speak at the 2011 Virtual AD/HD Conference for the second year. This year's conference takes place October 3-6 by web and phone, and you can register to get recordings as well. This year I'll be speaking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at thinkythink
With ADHD, it's great to have routines if they work for you. But as I've talked about lately, they have to shift with life. Recently I set up a routine to try with my blogging. I defined topics in advance,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at thinkythink