Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. ADHD and ADD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, implulsiveness and inattentiveness, can cause problems at home, school, work, or in relationships.
Like all life coaching, ADHD Coaching addresses the needs and aspirations of the individual being coached. Importantly, ADHD Coaching also addresses the specific needs of clients who have ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms. ADHD Coaches therefore focus on working with clients on their personal goals and the pragmatic issues of achieving them while living with ADHD.
ADHD Coaching is a collaborative, supportive, goal-oriented process in which the coach and the client work together to identify the client’s goals and then develop the self- awareness, systems, and strategies—the skills—necessary for the client to achieve those goals and full potential.
Because ADHD Coaching specifically addresses the needs of people affected by ADHD, it is a seamless blend of three elements employed by the coach as needed:
Life Coaching: The client is regarded as an intact, creative, and resourceful person, and the coaching is collaborative, client-centered, client-driven, and confidential. The coach partners with the client in a thought-provoking and creative process to facilitate the client’s actions toward self- awareness and achievement of the client’s self-identified goals, providing structure and accountability, as needed, to help the client achieve those goals.
Skills Coaching: The coach and client collaborate to develop conscious awareness of the client’s strengths, challenges, and resources and, leveraging that awareness, develop conscious competence; creating systems and strategies tailored to the client’s assets and environment that support and strengthen the client’s ability to manage the pragmatic aspects of life.
Education: The coach shares research-based information regarding aspects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and related topics relevant to the client’s needs and interests. The coach may also offer information regarding tools, resources, and referrals as needed or requested by the client.
ADHD Coaching is necessarily more than simple life coaching, skills coaching, or education. The crux of ADHD Coaching is using all three elements to help clients with the self-awareness required to understand and work with their own unique brains, thereby recognizing, appreciating, and using their strengths to reach their goals, enjoy their passions, and achieve lifelong well-being.
We hope this information, will both help clarify what you do as a coach, helping you educate your clients and community about ADHD Coaching, and spur additional research into the effects of ADHD Coaching on outcomes for people affected by ADHD so other professionals and the public at large learn the value of ADHD Coaching and Coaches get even better at what we do.