ABOUT The Challenges Inventory™
Monday, July 18, 2011 3 Comments
A Snapshot of Your Functional Profile
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Discover the extent to which your
Challenges Profile is making life difficult:
unique-to-you categories-combinations where understanding can lead to prediction, which can skyrocket an upside down profile!
Once someone has been diagnosed with ADD, it is especially useful to have a snapshot of their particular functioning.
Although each of the challenges are difficult to some extent for most human beings as well as most ADDults, the degree to which each challenge causes trouble RELATIVE to the remaining eight Challenges — and how to approach change and growth — is quantified in a Challenges Profile. Woo hoo!
Quantification provides a MAP to assist ADDer, client, coach, parent, teacher, or any individual who will take the time to understand what they are looking at, that enables them to strategize progress steps — focusing effort and activity so that evidence of success very quickly replaces evidence of failure.
The Challenges Inventory™ is composed of 9 separate elements — Challenges — designed to target specific areas which are particularly problematic for most human beings, so that any client and coach can begin immediately to prioritize a path of development that works with a clients strengths and avoids areas of significant challenges.
- The Challenges Inventory™ consists of a series of questions answered according to a graduated rating system.
- The ratings are then plotted on a grid that gives a visual representation of relative functioning in nine key areas, the mastery of which would be useful to ADDer and non-ADDer alike.
- The grid provides a visual snapshot of implementation in the nine key areas relative to each other.
- The specific combination of particular challenges make up a client’s Challenges Profile
The real power of this tool comes from understanding how to translate the scores into information your can use in your LIFE. It is understanding how to sherlock the particular relationship between the scores that will provide the information you need to develop the systems that will be effective with YOUR individual Challenges Profile.
For example, because of the particular way it relates to some of their other scores, a person whose impulsivity score is 93 may find that impulsivity is a great deal more troubling to them than you find it is for you — even though your impulsivity score may have been 132 — and their impulsivity will respond to interventions quite different from the ones you might develop for yourself.
When we recognize and understand more about these “underachieving” parts of our lives and how we can better use them to our ADVANTAGE rather than to our detriment, we can create positive change in our lives.
1. Attentional/Focusing Issues
2. Physical & Mental Hyperactivity
3. Stress Tolerance
4. Mood Swings
6. Time Management Difficulties
7. Troubles with Transitions
8. Perfectionism and Black & White Thinking
9. Poor Organization/Task Completion Breakdowns
The Challenges Inventory™ History & Other Formats:
Posted on the ADDcoach.com website well before I offered my first Brain-based, ADD-specific Coach training class, The Challenges Inventory™ was designed to be used a coaching tool in a relationship with a professional specifically trained to work with it. Until the upcoming ADD Challenges Certification & Licensing Workshop debuts, the ONLY coaches with Challenges Inventory™ training are the Systems Development Coaches who were introduced to it as a portion of their ADD Coach Training with The Optimal Functioning Institute™.
Unless your coach or therapist understands the fine points of scores interpretation, with additional in-depth training in each of nine Challenges (along with systems development skills necessary to coach clients through each of these areas individually), you will know more than they will about how to use the information.
- A one-day seminar, The ADD Challenges Workshop, targets four of these areas in depth to teach the systems development skills necessary to work through each of these areas individually.
- A weekend training works through all of them through the rest of the ADD Skills series.
Related articles on the Inventory & the Challenges (more links at bottom of those)