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How to Work with the Distracted and Disorganized Client 

This interactive presentation explores, defines and offers suggestions to Professional Organizers that work with neurodiverse clients.

What is ADHD and Executive Function?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often referred to as ADD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.

“Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse. Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives related to ADHD symptoms. Many have inconsistent performance at work or in their careers; have difficulties with day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems; and may have chronic feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.

Individuals with ADHD may also have difficulties with maintaining attention, executive function and working memory. Recently, deficits in executive function have emerged as key factors affecting academic and career success. Executive function is the brain’s ability to prioritize and manage thoughts and actions. This ability permits individuals to consider the long-term consequences of their actions and guide their behavior across time more effectively. Individuals who have issues with executive functioning may have difficulties completing tasks or may forget important things.” (

“How to Work with the Distracted and Disorganized Client” interactive presentation will explore the impact of ADHD and Executive Function Deficit and how it affects Organization, communication and learning styles. In addition to understanding the neurodiverse brain type, this presentation will offer Organizational suggestions to maximize attention span in the least number of steps.

Tammy is an Associate Certified Life Coach (ACL), Certified Parent Trainer (CPT), Certified Student Success Coach (CSSC) and an ADHD Coach. She is also a Professional Organizer that specializes in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding.  She has achieved certification levels in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding through Institute of Challenging Disorganization. Tammy’s Business and Communication degrees, continuing education and community volunteer work enhance her abilities to “think outside the box.”

Being the mother of two adult children and five grandchildren, has enhanced her combined unique gifts of creative coaching and organization.  In addition to being a Co-Coordinator of North Tarrant County CHADD and On-line Parent Education Instructor, she is also a member of Children & Adults w/Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD), Institute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD), International Coaching Federation (ICF), Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO & NAPO-DFW), Dallas Hoarding Task Force and Tarrant County Hoarding Coalition.

Professional Volunteer Positions:


  • Co-Coordinator-North Tarrant County Support Group
  • Parent Education Instructor
  • Dallas Hoarding Task Force
  • Co-Coordinator Annual Conference
  • Task Force Program Director


  • Co-Coordinator Tele-class Committee


  • Professional Development Director

Tarrant County Hoarding Coalition

  • Co-Coordinator Annual Conference
  • Speaker’s Bureau

Tammy fosters a co-active coaching partnership with her clients and collaborates with them to reach their goals.

Tammy C. O’Neil, ACC, CSSC, CPT
ADHD Coach | Professional Organizer | Specializing in ADHD
Chronic Disorganization & Hoarding and TOC Cleaning Services

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