Chris here—one of the co-founders of Shimmer. We’re thrilled and humbled to share our launch to a community that’s very dear to my heart.
By age 12, children with ADHD get 20,000 more negative messages about themselves than other kids their age.
I was that kid:
Only this year, decades later, after getting diagnosed with ADHD, am I starting to re-write my narrative. Getting clarity on my ADHD changed how I looked at so much of my life—past, present, and future. I had a newfound “reason” for my behaviors, and there was a gradual lifting of the shame I felt over the years. So much of who I am started making more sense, starting feeling more “right”. Similar to when I first came out as queer, I also found myself propelled into a new community of amazing individuals.
Like true ADHD hyperfocus fashion, I went down the ADHD rabbit hole—the science, facts, strengths, weaknesses, philosophies, care options, and community. My co-founder Vik & I interviewed hundreds of: psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, business owners, coaches, and individuals. Today, I’m bursting with excitement to share what we found, and how we hope to help in the space.
What is ADHD & why is it important?
Problems we’ve identified in the space
Solid foundational building blocks and what we’re hopeful about
Taking a strength-based approach (just like our program!), we started with what was right in the space and solved for the problems we saw. We took all this and brought it to one place—Shimmer.
Shimmer offers 1:1 coaching for adults with ADHD. Members pay a monthly subscription fee to get matched with an expert ADHD coach, meet weekly to exercise their personalized weekly plan, and track their progress in the app.
Shimmer is better shown than told. Check out the experience:
1. Join Shimmer—Fill out our intake form then join the app!
2. Meet your coach—Onboarding call & weekly sessions
3. Weekly actionable plans—Support & accountability throughout the week
The science & invitation to collaborate
Our care team, led by Dr. Anil Chacko & Xenia Angevin, designed a brand new integrative bite-sized coaching methodology which is sublimely attuned to the needs of the population with ADHD. Standing on the shoulders of giants, Shimmer coaching is artfully mixed from the best evidence-based strategies used in health coaching, performance coaching, positive psychology and cognitive and behavioral approaches. Shimmer’s culturally-inclusive approach is rooted in the idea of personal values put into practice to empower living authentically and mindfully. The approach is extremely bespoke and designed to fit into the member’s unique life.
In the design process, we took a learning mindset to draw on the expertise of many professions. We spoke with dozens of ADHD experts including clinicians, ADHD organizations, and most importantly, individuals with ADHD. The product is not only integrative, innovative, but rooted in proven methods. We’re always looking to improve, and invite the greater ADHD community’s feedback & expertise. Email email@example.com if you have ideas!
The future: features to vision
We have a treasure trove of experiences & features that we’re itching to build & roll out. Equally, we’re infinitely flexible and are constantly taking in community and member feedback.
At our core, everything we build is in service to the coaching journey. Each day we ask ourselves how we can make the experience better for our coaches & members, while looking outward to raise awareness & celebration for ADHD brains everywhere.
We’re just getting started… join us to learn more!
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Want to join the team? Apply here. We’re always looking for talented, ambitious, mission-driven people to join the team. However, we’re extra looking for full-stack engineers & graphic, product, and UI/UX designers.
Chris Wang + The entire Shimmer team
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