I would love to know more about this ADHD-coaching thing. It seems there are such a variety of people involved when your child is diagnosed, and having one person to be a clearing house for all that information and help you look at how to integrate all the advice you are getting would be great. Any idea how to get one?
First of all, I wanted to find the proper definition of an ADHD coach. According to the ADD Resources website, the definition is as follows:
Coaching is an emerging field that seeks to help individuals accomplish their life goals. The coaching relationship is intended to help people achieve better results in their lives: academically, professionally, socially, or in any area of life they want to improve. Through individualized assistance and support, coaches help people concentrate on where they are now, where they want to be, and how they can get there.
"An ADHD coach is a professional trained to guide and support a person in overcoming the challenges of living with ADHD at work, at school, and at home. Specifically, ADHD coaches help their clients:
- Create structures and tools to stay on track
- Improve organizing skills and design organizing systems
- Plan projects, get clear on tasks and manage time
- Increase self-awareness
- Set and reach their goals
- Improve crucial lifestyle habits such as diet, sleep, and exercise
- Improve relationship and communication skills"
- MCC—Master Certified Coach the highest credential issued by the ICF.
- PCC—Professional Certified Coach the mid-level credential issued by the ICF.
- ACC—Associate Certified Coach the basic credential issued by the ICF.
- ACT—ADHD Coach Training showing that the coach is a graduate of the Optimal Functioning Institute's comprehensive training program for ADHD coaches.
- CAC—Certified ADDCA Coach showing the coach is a graduate of the ADHD Coach Academy's comprehensive training program.
- ADD Coach Academy
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- ADHD Coaches Organization
- ADDitude Magazine (use the drop down menus to specify type & specialty)
- How long have you been a coach?
- Do you have coach training? And specifically, to be an ADHD coach?
- Do you have personal experience with ADHD?
- What kinds of clients do you work with most often?
- What do you expect from your clients?