What is an ADHD Coach?

ADHD Coaches are trained life coaches, that preferably follow the ethics and ideals of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), who have additional specific training and expertise in coaching individuals affected by ADHD. These coaches also provide a higher level of accountability than the average life coach long with a greater focus on building skills and strategies to manage ADHD and ADHD-like symptoms.

What is ADHD Coaching?

According to the ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO), ADHD Coaching addresses the specific needs and goals of the individual being coached. Unlike other forms of coaching, however, ADHD Coaching also addresses the specific needs of clients who have ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms. It is a supportive, collaborative, goal-oriented process.

Because ADHD Coaching specifically addresses the needs of people affected by ADHD, it is a seamless blend of three distinct elements, each employed by the coach as needed:

  • Coaching: Similar to other forms of coaching – like life coaching or executive coaching – ADHD coaching is client-centered, client-driven, and confidential. ADHD Coaches regard the client as an intact, creative, and resourceful person, and approach the coaching through an ADHD-informed lens. ADHD coaches facilitate the client’s actions toward self-awareness and the identification and achievement of the client’s self-identified goals, providing structure and accountability as needed.
  • Skills Coaching:  The ADHD coach and client collaborate to develop conscious awareness of the client’s strengths and challenges.  Leveraging that awareness, the coach supports the client in creating systems and strategies tailored to the client’s needs and to strengthen the client’s ability to manage the pragmatic aspects of life.
  • Knowledge-based Coaching & Education: The coach helps to educate the client and/or share information about ADHD and how it affects them across a lifetime.  The coach may also provide information regarding tools, resources, and referrals specific to ADHD (or related to ADHD), as well as research-based information relevant to the client’s needs and interests.
**As a policy, if the client is a youth (under age 18), at least 1 parent-only session/meeting is also required prior to the start of working one-on-one with the minor client. This session will focus on tips for parenting children with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges and how to partner with your child during the ADHD coaching process.


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