Neurodiversity Support

The Who
 

While I provide a customized approach to all my clients, I am particularly skilled in helping people who are neurodiverse and/or exhibit chronic disorganization. This is the right page for you if:

 

  • You are Chronically Disorganized

  • You have been diagnosed with ADHD, Aspergers or Autism, OCD, or other neurological disorders or learning disabilities

  • You are interested in earning more about my approach to and how it relates to Neurodiversity

The What
 

What is chronic disorganization?

 

The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) defines chronic disorganization as disorganization that:

  • Persists over a long period of time

  • Frequently undermines quality of life, and

  • Recurs despite repeated self-help attempts

Not sure if you fall into this category? Use this fact sheet as a guide.

What is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is the idea that we all live on a spectrum with differences in brain function and behavioral traits. People with differences are a normal part of this variation. Whether we are “neurotypical” or part of the majority of the population, or “neurodivergent” and have a diagnosed neurological issue or learning disability, we all have deficits and strengths that are individual and unique.

The Why
 

Why choose One to Zen Organizing if you have chronic disorganization or are neurodivergent?
 

Mindful & Process Based

When I first speak with you I will listen to your particular experiences so I can understand what is getting in the way of your organizing goals. Most organizing challenges are process-based issues and not product-based issues. Once we explore what is getting in your way,  we can set up systems that work for you.

 

Focus on Strengths

By the time someone has contacted me, they are often feeling shame for not being more organized. Instead of placing the spotlight on your difficulties (deficit model), we will be focusing on your strengths (strength-based model). We will look at what has worked for you before and build on the strengths that led to that success. And we will banish all feelings of shame!

 

Changing the Environment

Learning executive functioning skills such as planning and prioritization are important components to becoming organized. Yet, ultimately, we need to accept our true selves. Changing the environment to serve your organizing goals will have more positive outcomes than  trying to become someone else. 

 

The Session Summary

After every session, I provide a complimentary Session Summary of our work together. I find this step particularly important for someone with chronic disorganization. There is no need to worry that you will forget something. I capture any important information in my notes from what we did to any tips and optional homework that will help move you forward. I also take the time to point out your successes, an important step that is often overlooked.

 

Specialized Training & Experience

I take classes throughout the year that relate to organizing, neurodiversity, learning differences and mental health issues through both the National Association of Productivity & Organizing professionals (NAPO and NAPO-WDC, the Washington DC Metro chapter) and the Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD). As someone with a lifelong struggle with anxiety and a daughter with Asperger’s & ADHD, I have a non judgmental attitude toward anyone with differences.

The How
 

Are you interested in getting started but need to understand more about “how it works”? Here is my process to get you from “One to Zen.”

Set up a phone call with me 

During our phone call I will get to know you a bit better so I can understand what is really going on behind the clutter and disorganization. 

 

Schedule a session

If we decide our collaboration would be a good fit, we can move forward in scheduling a session. I will guide you through the process of choosing dates, hours, and explain everything so you will know what to expect.

 

Our sessions

This is where all the good stuff happens. We will goal set, strategize, sort items, purge/make decisions and transform your space and the systems and routines to support your space. On-site sessions range from 3-6 hours.

Receive your session summary

After every session, I will send you a summary of your goals, successes, what we did and what we will be doing in our next session. I might include tips and optional homework if applicable. A summary allows you to review your progress and ask any questions. This is a huge value-add and is a complementary part of your session with One to Zen Organizing.

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