Founded in 2020, the CSAHM FOUNDATION FOR ADHD EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT believes that all learners deserve to thrive. Our mission is to provide Academic and Executive Function Coaching services to underserved youth with ADHD and Mental Health conditions, and to spread ADHD Awareness across all communities.
Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism show a pattern of inattention, distractibility, impulsivity that affect functioning and development. The impacts of ADHD extend far beyond a list of symptoms. Children with ADHD are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression and more likely to drop out of school. They are less likely to go onto college than their peers without ADHD. Without proper treatment, ADHD have devastating long-term impacts on children.
An estimated 1 in 20 children in the US are currently diagnosed with ADHD, a number that has been steadily rising over the last 40 years. As diagnoses increase, so does our understanding of both the disorder and effective treatments. One of the most important breakthroughs is the knowledge that one-on-one coaching and tutoring students with ADHD is a critical tool for their success. The data overwhelmingly supports what we at the foundation already know—coaching and tutoring works.
Roughly 1 in 4 children in DC live below the poverty line. The reality is that a family doesn’t have to live in poverty for the cost of one-on-one coaching to be out of reach. The CSahm Foundation seeks to close the gap between one of the biggest areas of need—ADHD is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders—and the availability of educational support and resources for under-resourced youth.
THE BEST WAY TO THINK OF ADHD IS NOT AS A MENTAL DISORDER, BUT AS A COLLECTION OF TRAITS AND TENDENCIES THAT DEFINE A WAY OF BEING IN THE WORLD
Edward M. Hallowell, MD
MEET CANDACE SAHM, Executive Director—Candace's child began having difficulties in school at eleven years old. Struggling in less structured classes like art and PE, Candace's child showed signs of distractibility and impulsivity, which impeded the learning process. Even at the top of his class in math, the Chess Club Champion, and the highest reading group, Candace's child couldn't remember to hand in assignments. These challenges ultimately led to a diagnosis of ADHD.
At the time, Candace was struck by how similar her child's struggles in school were to her own. It wasn't that she couldn't understand the material; she was unfocused, and time management and organization felt like insurmountable obstacles. As she researched ADHD to understand her child's diagnosis, she began to suspect what doctors would eventually confirm: Candace also had ADHD.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Targeted academic tutoring
Test-taking skills training
Customized ADHD programs
Organizational skills training
Life and social skills support
Job readiness preparation
College readiness preparation
Organize and run support groups
EMPOWERING A CHILD WITH ADHD IS A PROCESS OF LETTING GO AND FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE. BUT WHERE OUR KIDS STUGGLE THE MOST IS IN CREATING PROCESS IN LIFE.
Elaine Taylor-Klaus and Elaine Dempster
Foundation STATS & FACTS
We provide tutoring, coaching, and counseling for students with ADHD and Autism
Our foundation features eight (and growing!) tutors, diverse in knowledge, skillset, and pedagogy, and united in commitment to represent the mission statement of the organization
90% of our students raised one to two grades in core classes
Students developed new strategies and techniques improving test scores by 25%
Students who completed four weeks of tutoring or coaching raised their overall GPA by 12.5%
Our team of expert coaches & tutors provided over 550 hours of services to underserved youth with ADHD & Autism
Our educators communicate weekly with learning specialists, counselors & families on the student’s progress
We attend IEP/504 meetings to advocate for our students
Candace helped me in a myriad of ways—from time management, to how to study, to organization. I got through graduate school at the University of Virginia in Communication Disorders simply due to her coaching. I could not sing Coach Candace’s praises more.
I have known Candace for several years now and observed all the effort she puts into each person who comes through her door. The state-of-the art materials and technique used by Candace and her tutors cannot be replicated. She is passionate to ensure that each client acquires life sustaining skill sets.
Candace is very dedicated to the work she does with children and is up to date on the latest in her field of working with those that have ADD and ADHD. I give her 5 stars! Candace is extremely compassionate, understanding, and patient with all children and teenagers who are struggling in school.