Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders, though it can continue through to adulthood. ADHD is a condition characterised by a number of behaviours, including hyperactivity, restlessness, inattentiveness and impulsiveness.
Life with ADHD may leave you feeling frustrated and limited. ADHD is commonly mistaken for laziness, carelessness, thoughtlessness and lack of drive. Getting a handle on it and challenging common perceptions can be a struggle, but ADHD coaching can help.
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ADHD coaching is a form of life coaching that aims to help manage the condition. Those living with ADHD may find it difficult to inhibit their spontaneous responses. A person with ADHD may find it hard to concentrate and sit still. They may be easily distracted and often act without thinking. ADHD coaching can help people with the condition develop a new element of control, order and structure in their lives.
Coaching aims to break down the seemingly momentous tasks into sizeable jobs to be taken one step at a time. ADHD coaching can help clients control and understand the way they behave and manage the symptoms associated with the condition.
What is ADHD coaching?
Suitable for both children and adults living with ADHD, ADHD coaching can help improve daily life and set future goals. By developing close and trusting partnerships, coaches look to help their clients develop greater structure, focus and purpose in their lives.
ADHD coaching aims to address the specific needs and goals of the client. Your coach will work with you in the hopes of achieving your personal goals, as well as managing symptoms and learning how to cope with the condition. ADHD coaching is a supportive process, where you and your coach will work together to identify what you want to achieve in sessions. With the help and guidance of your ADHD coach, you will develop the self-awareness, self-belief and motivation to reach your full potential.
Your ADHD coach will support you through helping you develop an understanding of the condition. You will recognise your behaviours and understand the impact ADHD has on your life. They will support you on your journey and work with you to create strategies to help you reach your goals. Coaching can help you stay focused on your goals and teach you how to manage your symptoms when they arise.
Where can I find an ADHD coach?
If you are ready to start your journey, the next step is to find a coach that you feel comfortable with. On Life Coach Directory, we have a proof policy to ensure all professionals listed with us have provided proof of qualifications and insurance, or membership with a professional body. We believe in the importance of finding a coach that resonates with you. To make this easier, we encourage our members to fill their profiles with plenty of information. This way you can learn more about the way they work and if they are the person to help you.
You can use our advanced search tool to find a coach near you. When you find a professional you believe can help, simply send them an email.
What happens in an ADHD coaching session?
Every coach is different and will have their own style of working. The ways they help and support clients will depend on the client and their personal circumstance. Coaching sessions can be face-to-face, through video calling (e.g. Skype), over the telephone or via email. It is common for sessions to last around an hour, though this will vary between clients. The number of ADHD coaching sessions you have is entirely up to you. However, it may also depend on your symptoms, your goals and your level of understanding.
When you have found a coach that you feel comfortable with, you will have an initial consultation. It is in this session that you will meet your coach and discuss what you hope to achieve from ADHD coaching.
Your coach may ask you questions to help them learn more about you, your condition and how you are currently managing it. After discussing what you want to gain from your coaching sessions, your coach will begin to develop a plan tailored to you and your goals.
It is important to ask questions if you are unsure about any of the process. Within your sessions, you will discuss potential objectives. It is these objectives that will help you to develop a list of goals and tasks to complete throughout the duration of your ADHD coaching and long after they finish.
Over time you will develop life skills and learn the tools that will help you reach your goals. You will learn how to improve concentration, stay motivated and overcome any obstacles that may appear along the journey.
How can ADHD coaching help?
ADHD coaching can help in a variety of ways. While the methods used will depend on the coach and the client, common benefits include:
Your coach will help you recognise your goals and know what you want to achieve from your sessions. You may learn how to identify goals and how to break them into smaller, more manageable tasks. You will recognise what obstacles may stand in your way and how to overcome them.
It is common for people with ADHD struggle to concentrate or focus on tasks for long periods of time. Coaching will help you understand how long each task may take and how to prioritise important tasks.
ADHD coaching can help you understand the importance of organisation. Your coach will help you restructure your environment, leading to a more productive space. You may also learn how to identify potential distractions and when to remove yourself from the situation.
Your coach can help improve your social skills. Together you will work to improve your confidence, self-belief and understand that you can ask for help if you feel you need it.
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