ADHD coaching is a collaborative partnership between coach and client, where the two focus on positive change, striving to reach goals the client has chosen. The coach provides support and structure geared to specific needs, while helping the client identify strength-based strategies and learn new skills to assist in the pursuit of chosen goals. It is an educational process with a holistic focus and employs a wellness model as opposed to the treatment model of therapy.
ADHD coaching is a specialty in the larger field of coaching. In addition to coach training, ADHD coaches have in-depth knowledge of the daily challenges of living with ADHD and are experienced in working with these individuals to help them excel in all areas of life.
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People Who Benefit Most
People of all ages can benefit from coaching, however, it is important that the client possess a strong desire for personal improvement and growth since the coaching process is driven by the client. In particular, ADHD coaching can help:
Figuring out how an ADHD brain works can be confusing and challenging, impacting grades, self esteem, relationships and family life. Having knowledgeable support to rely on can make this process less stressful for both student and parent, will help to build productive habits early in life and preserve self confidence.
The college years are an exciting and demanding time as students continue to accept more responsibility for themselves. However, with this increased responsibility comes an increased demand for time management, prioritization and organizational skills that often are the biggest challenges for ADHD students. Coaching provides the structure and support necessary to minimize these issues and allows students to achieve the high grades they are capable of.
Adults with ADHD strive to accomplish their goals in life as do other adults. Often, they are bright, articulate individuals who have much to contribute to the world but are apt to face certain challenges, common to those diagnosed with ADHD, that can frustrate them and potentially limit their success.
Coaching can minimize the impact of these challenges and supports the individual in developing strategies and skills to be more effective in their personal as well as professional life.
Providing recommendations, feedback and practical techniques, the coach helps the client develop the skills and structure necessary to perform at full potential.
Coaching Time Frame
The length of time an individual is coached varies greatly. Ultimately, ADHD coaching is meant to provide external support and structure so that the client can achieve their goals. Sometimes, the goal is to complete a short-term project and sometimes the goal is to learn the necessary skills to flourish for a lifetime. The coaching time frame for each of these situations would be very different. Coaching does not provide instant results, therefore the most common coaching relation- ship lasts for a minimum of 3 months and sometimes, much longer.
Benefits of ADHD Coaching
Coaching can provide welcome relief from the isolation that may occur as a result of ADHD challenges. It offers a safe, knowledgeable environment to explore challenges, discover strengths and develop strategies. Common areas clients choose to explore include:
The ADHD Coaching Process
Coaching begins with an initial two hour meeting where the client’s goals and current challenges are explored. This is followed by weekly, 30 minute meetings conducted in person, by phone or Skype where challenges are investigated, strategies identified and new skills learned. Short, regular check-ins via email, text and/or phone occur as needed. These confidential, regular meetings and check-ins are the backbone of the ADHD coaching process and help the client achieve their chosen goals.