Focus Forward Founder
Hi, My name is Tyler Dorsey, I was diagnosed with ADHD in the 5th grade and struggled throughout my school career to keep up with projects, stay organized, and maintain a schedule. In my early 20s, I realized I needed to make some drastic changes if I wanted to become a more successful human, and I began to seek out resources.
I found a support system, developed a plan, and built a toolkit of concepts and tips that I could lean on. I went from feeling like I was always running behind, to taking control of my life and opening my own business so that I could help others who are struggling with the same obstacles that I faced for so long.
Welcome to Focus Forward. Let us help you find your superpower in the chaos of ADHD.
Let our Focus Forward staff partner with your child to build an individual success plan around their personality and learning style. Your child deserves to find success in school, and at home and we are here to help them get there.
Virtual coaching is available weekly. Our coaches will also provide accountability checks throughout the week via text or call to provide additional support and keep your kiddo on track.
ADHD Life Coaching is a partnership between coach and client. Focus Forward will help you set personalized goals, define steps to work towards those goals and overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of reaching success. Additionally, all ADHD Life Coaches have extensive personal experience with ADHD and the struggles it presents. We can give you the tools you need to embrace your true self and overcome the daily struggles of ADHD.
In our parent coaching, we use our personal and professional experience with ADHD to help you and your child figure out how to thrive with ADHD in and outside of the classroom. We teach time management, organizational skills, and provide tips for destressing and getting their head in the game. Using these techniques, we help you set goals with your child, build a strategy and give them the resources they need to thrive!
Katelyn Mabry hosts the national podcast "Journey with Me through ADHD: A Podcast for Kids." There she has hosted countless experts in the field of ADHD, including Ned Hallowell, the ADHD-specialized psychiatrist who established the strength-based approach to treating ADHD. Katelyn is an ADHD life coach with a master's as a Reading Specialist. She tutors children of all ages with a variety of needs. Certified as an Early Childhood/Special Education Teacher, she taught for seven years and then chose a career that allowed her to stay home to invest in her own children.
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Katelyn was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of ten. It left her feeling very alone and different. She struggled with reading as a child, which ignited the desire to become a Reading Specialist, to face her weakness head-on, and to turn it into her strength. She is the author of the book "Hi, It's Me! I Have ADHD."
Katelyn is passionate about working with children, families, and educators of kids living with ADHD. She works alongside those impacted by ADHD to help them understand the ADHD brain better and feel equipped with tools and strategies that work for the individual child. Katelyn lives in Wisconsin with her husband and four children, two of whom were diagnosed with ADHD.
I have a very distinct memory of entering kindergarten. I had taught myself to read by memorizing the sounds of words and phrases. When asked to read something I had not previously memorized, I could not. By 2nd grade I was diagnosed with Dyslexia and labeled with a “learning disability”. I mixed up letters and numbers and even words sometimes, reading and memorization did not come easily to me. I did not fit in a perfect educational box; I was loud, struggled with following directions, and questioned my teachers. While I felt intelligent and self-aware, school continued to be a big challenge for me.
When I was a teen, my outlook on learning changed. While academics were difficult, uninspiring and uninteresting to me; I spent summers engaged in wilderness expedition adventure camps. I did a semester of high school in Israel, taught English in Mexico during a semester in college, and travelled for six months in India after graduating from university. In each of these cultures, I learned different techniques that helped me better understand the world around me as well as gaining insight into my personal strengths and limitations. Perhaps most importantly, I walked away from these collective experiences understanding that there is no “right” way to learn.
I received my Contemplative Master’s Degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado with a concentration in mindfulness and meditation within the field of religious studies, psychology and neuroscience. Instead of continuing to my PhD like my peers, this practice-based higher educational program helped me pivot my career path towards social work. For a decade and a half now, I have been gaining insight into how to best understand, support and serve others. Behavioral health is where I thrive.
These last few years, and especially since COVID hit, I have seen an overwhelming majority of children, adults and families identify executive functioning and ADHD concerns affecting their daily life, academics, job, relationships. This inspired me to complete a more in depth study and research into the realm of ADHD. This last year speaking and meeting with Tyler Dorsey I knew I had to join the coaching team at Focus Forward.
Together, mindfulness techniques and medication can increase attentiveness and focus. They can strengthen clarity and understanding, and enhance the presence of positive emotions such as gratitude, calm, empathy and compassion. This is my drive when working with clients, an integrative approach that strengthens the connection between emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. By learning techniques that transform our wandering minds into constructive reflection, we gaininsight, clarity, peace and a sense of purpose.
My passion is working with individuals and families to help create that collaborative approach either within oneself and/or within a family unit. The real change occurs coaching individuals one on one, motivating them to keep up with daily routines and schedules, discussing what the mind is focused on at that particular moment, working through the approach, setting goals together and then finally, creating accountability.
I strive every day to embody this approach not only in my professional, but in my personal life as well. I still struggle with my particular learning challenges but it has made me who I am and wouldn’t change anything about my journey.
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