The journey of living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can sometimes feel lonely. Learning as much as you can about ADHD is a great first step to getting the help you need.
What IS ADHD?
A good way to understand what ADHD is to establish what it isn’t. ADHD is not laziness, disobedience or the result of bad parenting.Attention Ddeficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the current term for a specific developmental disorder seen in both children and adults that is comprised of deficits in behavioral inhibition, sustained attention and resistance to distraction, and the regulation of one’s activity level to the demands of a situation (hyperactivity or restlessness). This disorder has had numerous different labels over the past century, including hyperactive child syndrome, minimal brain dysfunction, and attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity).For me the most important thing to note is that ADHD, while still designated as a mental health disorder, is now known to be genetically related similar to a boy’s blue eyes, a girls tall height or my brown skin. The difference is, the genetic character traits associated with ADHD are not visible and lives inside a person. This can often lead to a feeling of seclusion due to not being understood or fitting in and the daily life challenges associated with this brain difference can feel hard to tackle alone.This is where ADHD coaching is a powerful support where clients can get the help in a confidential, non judgmental environment where they finally feel understood and accepted.
So… What IS ADHD coaching anyway?
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:
Life Coaching – The client is regarded as an intact, creative, and resourceful person, and the authority on who they are, what they want, and what is best for them. The coaching is client-centered, client-driven, and confidential. The coach partners with the client in a thought-provoking and creative process to 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, to help the client achieve those goals.
Skills Coaching — The coach and client collaborate to develop conscious awareness of the client’s strengths, challenges, and resources and, leveraging that awareness, develop conscious competence; creating systems and strategies tailored to the client’s assets and environment that support and strengthen the client’s ability to manage the pragmatic aspects of life.
Education – The coach shares research-based information regarding aspects of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder relevant to the client’s needs and interests. The coach may also offer information regarding tools, resources, and referrals as needed or requested bythe client.
-Sarah D. Wright, ADHD Coaching Matters, the definitive guide
What IS NOT ADHD coaching?
ADHD coaching is not training, managing, counseling, mentoring, diagnosing, advising, tutoring or administering therapy. All of these disciplines may use coaching techniques in their work but they differ from ADHD coaching. The main philosophy behind ADHD coaching which makes it different from all above disciplines is the understanding in two folds:
1. There is nothing about the client that needs fixing
2. The client is the expert in their life and that the coach and the client are equal partners in focusing on clients’ forward movement.
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