ADHD COACHING OVERVIEW
- ADHD coaching is a specialized type of coaching designed to meet the unique needs of clients, including mature preteens, adolescents, and adults.
- The coach has, by training and study and experience, an in-depth knowledge and understanding of ADHD
- It offers clients support, a safe and private setting, structure, and accountability.
- A definition by the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching definition:
- A “designed partnership”: intended to enhance quality of life, improve performance, and support growth and change. Coach and client/adolescent collaborate to explore strengths, talents, tools, and new learning to increase self-awareness and personal empowerment.
- Together they create strategies and monitor progress by creating accountability in line with goals and aspirations.
- A reliable trusting environment, in which the client/ create his or her vision for their life.
- The agenda is determined by the client, and is never that of the coach .The coach does not lecture, force, compel, or shame. Decisions and action steps are made by the client
- With younger clients, parental input and involvement are necessary.)
- It bridges the gap between adolescence and adulthood, also helping parents to step back and allow maturation process to occur at a rate which is comfortable for that adolescent.
- There is no “one size fits all” timetable.
- Coaches guide and support adolescents to prepare for the future, moving forward at their own pace.
Benefits of ADHD coaching include:
- Getting organized, earning time management skills, and learning how to prioritize
- Develop and maintain focus and concentration
- Reviewing medication journals for specific benefits (or side effects) a client experiences, particularly during any dosage changes.
- Gaining independence and self-advocacy skills
- Enjoying a safe space to speak about and work on social skills
- Managing ADHD related issues at home, at school, with friends, and working with others.
ADHD coaching differs from life coaching in the following ways:
- There is more support and structure
- There is a higher degree of accountability
- Smaller, more specific questions are raised to help break an action plan into small and achievable steps. Each step, however, small, is acknowledged and provides momentum for further progress.
- Action steps for change are more detailed, and followed more closely.
- More frequent feedback. Check-in with coach at least twice weekly by email or text.
- Sufficient structure is given to help clients experience success, build on that success, develop self-confidence, and experience a track record of accomplishments which enhance personal pride and self-image.
- Although the client/adolescent is an equal partner, and in fact leads the process (the coach providing structure), there are boundaries and exceptions.
- The coach reserves the right to share with parents significant depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of hurting others. Such sharing with parents is intended to help the client/adolescent.
– Jodi Sleepr-Triplett, Empowering Youth with ADHD, pp. 22-26).
ADHD Coaches Organization:
- ADHD Coaches Organization, about ADHD Coaching
- International Coaching Federation, Coaching FAQ
- Institute of Coaching (Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital): Coaching Science
- CHADD, National Resource Center on ADHD
- fs-International Coaching Federation – whose core principles form the basis of my coaching