Founded in 2020, the CSAHM FOUNDATION FOR ADHD & AUTISM EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT provides educational services including tutoring, coaching, guidance, and counseling to under-resourced youth diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism so they can reach their highest potential. We also offer informational activities to increase public awareness about this neurological diversity.
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 son began having difficulties in school when he was eleven years old. He struggled in less structured classes like art and PE. He showed signs of distractibility and impulsivity, which impeded his learning process. Even though, he was at the top of his class in math, the Chess Club Champion, and in the highest reading group. He couldn’t remember to hand in his assignments. His challenges ultimately led to a diagnosis of ADHD.
At the time, Candace was struck by how similar his struggles in school were to her own. It wasn’t that she couldn’t understand the material; it was that she was unfocused, and time management and organization felt like insurmountable obstacles. As she researched ADHD to understand her son’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
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.