Coaching is “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential” (ICF).
“ADHD coaching is a specialty skill set that empowers clients to manage their attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity” (PAAC).
ADHD is not a matter of not knowing what to do – it is about feeling unable to do what you know you should. Often the knowledge comes a split second after the action, and this is frustrating for all concerned. This problem of choosing the appropriate response for the situation is caused by impairments in the Executive Functions of the brain.
ADHD coaching focuses on that “point of performance”, teaches you to pause, consider your options, and choose the appropriate response. For this reason, Professor Russell Ramsay refers to ADHD Coaches as “Executive Function Avatars”.
You can watch a 3 minute video about Executive Functions Here (Russell Barkley Youtube video)
ADHD coaching is an ongoing collaborative partnership between a person with ADHD, and a professional coach who brings current ADHD knowledge, best practices, understanding, and ADHD-friendly skills and tools to facilitate positive personal and professional change for the client.
ADHD coaching occurs in a safe, non-judgmental environment, The coach listens with an ADHD understanding, observes what is preventing the client from reaching specific goals, explores ways in which the client can maximize strengths, talents, and passion, and designs strategies to suit the ADHD client’s learning, processing, and organisation styles.
How to choose a coach
Coaching is not a regulated industry, which means that anybody can call themselves a coach. When choosing a coach to work with, it is important to know what training they have completed, and which credentials they hold. Spend your time and money wisely by hiring a coach who is credentialed.
ICF recommends asking the following questions:
- What is your coaching experience (number of individuals coached, years of experience, types of coaching situations, etc.)?
- What is your coach-specific training (enrolled in an ICF approved training program, other coach-specific training, etc.)?
- What is your coaching specialty or areas in which you most often work?
- What types of businesses / clients do you work with most often? And, at what levels
- What is your philosophy about coaching?
- What types of assessments are you certified to deliver?
- What are some of your coaching success stories (specific examples of individuals who have succeeded as a result of coaching)?
- Are you a member of ICF? Do you hold an ICF Credential?
In addition, if you are seeking specialist ADHD coaching, remember to ask potential coaches:
- What ADHD-specific coach training have you completed?
- What motivated you to become an ADHD coach?
- Are you a member of PAAC? Do you hold a PAAC credential?
Why Should You Choose an ICF Credentialed Coach?
Why does your coach need a PAAC credential?