ABOUT The Challenges Inventory™

A Snapshot of Your Functional Profile

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Graphic of a grid on which an arrow traces downward progressThe unique relationship of NINE functional Challenges in YOUR life!

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.

  1. The Challenges Inventory™ consists of a series of questions answered according to a graduated rating system.
  2. 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.
  3. The grid provides a visual snapshot of implementation in the nine key areas relative to each other.  
  4. 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
         5.  Impulsivity
         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)

About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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  8. andy wolmer says:

    life changing


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