How I Coach ADHD

ADHD Coaching is a specialized type of coaching, designed to meet the unique needs of adolescents and adults with ADHD.
As a pediatrician, I had years of experience treating ADHD, and providing a medical home base for individuals with ADHD. In coordinating care with educators, therapists, psychologists, and coaches, I learned a great deal about ADHD as seen from those different perspectives. In fact, I helped individuals who were either taking medication which I prescribed, or who chose not to take medication.
After extensive training, coaching ADHD is my life work. I no longer practice pediatrics. Coaching ADHD is where my heart and my commitment lie.

I suggest a preliminary phone conversation, to answer your questions, learn about you, and even briefly coach you. Unless there are further questions, coaching then begins. You then move forward within your chosen and most important agenda – exploring, discovering,, and making positive changes where you choose. I provide structure, encouragement, and accountability. And I help facilitate the ongoing development of your own ideas and goals, in a direction which is purposeful and meaningful to you.
ADHD coaching must be methodical, thorough, and carefully planned. It requires, first of all, an extended conference. For a minor, this conference includes the parents and teen including some time alone with the teen. This is best done in the client’s home, where I come for this purpose. Information is reviewed about grades, learning styles, strengths, manifestations of ADHD, and problems as seen by the client and (for a minor) the parent. Then, weekly 30 minute coaching by phone at a mutually agreed upon time occurs. I suggest a minimum of 4 weeks coaching, because it takes that long for any lasting effect to begin. During the week, there are periodic “check-ins” by text, phone, or email from the client.
Agendas are chosen by clients. Part of the power of coaching – why it is so individually empowering – is because clients come to feel safe, understood, and respected. Clients are not judged. They are not “diagnosed” or treated for “neuroses.” They are not shamed. If they “mess up”, they are not chastised. Coaching chooses the learning and not the judging model of proceeding through life. It does presume, however, that goodness and best choices in life have intrinsic attraction to most people. It also presumes that people want to achieve, that they want to earn respect and trust by their choices and actions. It presumes that, underneath it all, we already possess – whether teen or adult – most of the answers to our own issues, It views most people as having adequate mental health, and as wanting to achieve relevant and measurable goals. It helps clients to explore their own resources and options, and to discover how to make positive changes, becoming accountable to themselves. It presumes that almost all people are capable of doing this if they want to.
Confidentiality of minors is observed unless something comes up indicating mental illness, or if a young person indicates that they could be a threat to themselves or others. Parents (of minors) are kept aware of the general thrust and acceptance of coaching by their teens, but details are privileged information.

Coaching ADHD is itself a specific learned skill.
I have trained in both ADHD coaching and Life Coaching, and I use the principles of the International Coaching Federation (http://www.coachfederation.org/ ).

My training has explicitly covered, in detail, the eleven Core Competencies of ICF (http://www.coachfederation.org/icfcredentials/core-competencies/ .)
Additional FAQs are given at http://coachfederation.org/need/landing.cfm?ItemNumber=978&navItemNumber=567 .

Written by Coach Ron Bashian 2014