What is ADHD Coaching?
Often people with ADHD don't have a problem knowing what they would like to achieve but struggle with following through and getting it done.
Many common difficulties people with ADHD experience are:
- lack of organizational skills
- often losing things
- becoming over-committed
- managing their time/chronic lateness
- prioritizing tasks
- planning effectively
- persisting at tasks
- sustaining motivation towards goals
- relationship problems
- financial problems
- lack of self-care
For ADHD children problems include:
- poor organisational skills leading to
- lost homework or homework not handed in on time
- missing/forgotten books or other necessary items
- lost mobile phones, keys, technology, instruments etc
- lost clothing
- forgotten appointments
- poor time-management with assignments leading to overwhelm
- getting to school or other activities late
- daily chaos resulting in frustration and high stress levels
A good ADHD coach should be able to help a client tackle these and similar practical matters by offering guidance, support and accountability.
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) Subcommittee on ADHD Coaching states:
“ADHD coaches support their clients in developing a comprehensive understanding of both the nature of ADHD and the impact of ADHD on their client’s quality of life. In addition, ADHD coaches work with clients to create structures, support, skills and strategies. Coaching assists clients with ADHD to stay focused on their goals, face obstacles, address core ADHD-related issues like time management, organisation and self-esteem, gain clarity and function more effectively.”
An ADHD coach should:
- provide a non-judgmental and supportive ongoing partnership with their client.
- assist clients to deepen their understanding of ADHD.
- help clients realise that ADHD is the source of many of their challenges, not their personal shortcomings.
- assist the client to recognise their strengths and increase their self awareness and to utilise those heightened skills to improve decision making and performance.
- help clients become aware of their individual learning preferences and processing styles to enable them to enhance their learning ability in a variety of situations.
- safely examine areas of failure and areas where they want to be held accountable with clients.
- assist clients in setting reasonable and attainable goals together with a plan to execute those goals.
- improve clients performance to allow them to live more effective and satisfying lives.
- encourage the client to initiate and take ownership and self- responsibility.
- individualise sessions so the client works towards building productive systems and strategies which result in a more fulfilling life.
ADHD Coaching can be an important part of a comprehensive program for individuals with ADHD.
How do I choose an ADHD Coach?
It is important that you find a coach who is experienced and well trained by a credentialed ADHD coaching school.
You should be able to establish a good working relationship and feel comfortable talking to your coach freely.
Your coach should make you feel good about yourself and get you excited and feel confident about achieving your goals.
You should speak to or interview more than one to find out if they are a good fit for your personality and your approach to life.
Educational Consultant & ADHD Coach & Mentor
Brandtman Educational Consulting Pty Ltd
Suite 201 Level 2
8 Thomas St
Chatswood NSW 2067
Tel: 612 94123102
Fax: 612 99048304
Mark has a high level of practical knowledge about ADHD across all settings.
Mark operates an Educational Consultancy which works exclusively with adults and children with ADHD. His Consultancy offers in servicing and support to schools as well as education to parents and school students in the effective management of ADHD. Mark also operates The Sydney Adult ADHD Clinic, the only clinic specializing in Adults with ADHD within Australia.
Mark assists children, adolescents and adults in developing an understanding of ADHD and how to manage it – no matter what the setting e.g. home, school, work or socially. Most importantly Mark can equip them with the knowledge of how to harness the assets of this condition when managed.
Mark has been a speaker at conferences both in Australia and internationally and is the Immediate Past Chair of the ADHD Global Network, an international body which seeks to improve the global understanding of ADHD as a real, definable and treatable medical condition. Mark is also the past President of The Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW and the Canberra & Queanbeyan ADD Support Group Inc (ADDACT) and the Adult ADHD (ADDult) Association. In addition Mark is a Co-Publisher of Research with the University of Western Australia on Time Management in ADHD Children and Adults presented at the World Federation of ADHD Conference in Vienna Austria in 2009.