What is ADD Coaching?
Expert ADD coaching requires skills and methods specific to the
unique challenges and opportunities ADD presents.
The ADD coach offers support, guidance, and accountability, so that things
actually happen! The good ADD coach knows ADD from the inside out
– he "gets it." Why does this matter?
It's important to note that ADD Coaching includes distinct differences
to many traditional coaching practices. Many coaching techniques
that are very effective for typical clients, can send an ADD client
into a tailspin. For example, traditional coaching encourages the
process of continually asking apropriate questions to lead the
in discovering her own truths. During some of my training, a peer
used this approach with me as the client. As an ADDer, my brain
has been constantly bombarding me with questions for my entire life.
I already had an unmanagable number of open loops and this process
was quickly becoming frustrating. In this example, leading questions
needed to be balanced with an appropriate amount of ideas and suggestions
to keep me engaged. It is this type of awareness that makes ADD
coaching a bit unique.
As an ADD coach, I base my work on a fundamental
understanding of how the ADD brain works. ADD presents some degree
with concentration, memory, and regulating action. The result
is often a set of day-to-day challenges that block one's ability
to build the
life they want.
Problem areas that block progress include:
Stress, Mentally Overwhelmed
Planning & tracking
Sequencing & completing
But, there are the ADD strengths as well:
Problem solving and imagination
Creativity and love of learning
Energy and passion
Sensitivity to others
My goal as an ADD coach is to develop a trusting partnership to enable
each client to objectively and honestly identify his unique strengths
and weaknesses. From here, we continue to work together to determine
the most effective ways for the client to recognize and exploit
his strengths and
then discover mechanisms to better manage the ADD related weaknesses
that interfere with his goals.
ADD Online Screening Quiz
diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder is typically
an important precursor to ADD Coaching. If
you have not been previously diagnosed, but you suspect you may
suffer from ADD to some degree, you may want to
select the link to the right. It's an online test, offered by
to help you determine if you should consider seeing a mental health
professional to further investigate the issue. Coaching typically
begins, and is most effective, after the disorder is diagnosed
and effective treatment has been