Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a neurobiological disorder that occurs because of deficits in
Coaching helps ground you and helps you learn to manage ADD symptoms.
executive functions in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain that result in problems with time management, prioritizing, impulse management, decision-making, and task management. People with ADD have challenges with self-regulation — regulating time, effort, feelings and moods, productivity. Coaching is a process that helps people get to know how ADD is affecting their life, and helps them learn how to manage their ADD symptoms.
There are many misconceptions about what coaching is and how people benefit from it. After several years of coaching people with ADD I have been witness to how coaching helps people with ADD. Below is a list of some concrete results that I have observed in my clients.
ADD Challenges and Opportunities
Challenge: lack of and/or faulty awareness
Opportunity: with a committed coach who knows ADD, you will develop awareness of ADD challenges, how they show up in you, and what works to address them
Challenge: difficulty pausing to think
Opportunity: coaching is a pause in your life to process life experience to create new awareness and learning
Challenge: difficulty engaging in action
Opportunity: with your coach identify the cause(s) of avoidance of starting tasks and identify ways to engage in tasks that work for you; practice engaging in tasks between sessions, and process your experience in the next coaching session
Challenge: completing tasks
Opportunity: with your coach identify barriers to completion and strategize ways to complete tasks, getting support for completion with accountability (coach will check in about attempts at completion the following week)
Opportunity: practice making decisions with the support of your coach; identify thought patterns that make decision-making difficult, and developing new strategies for decision-making
Challenge: getting stuck in negative thoughts and negative self-talk
Opportunity: create awareness of the habit of slipping into negative thinking and negative self-talk with the help of coach feedback; explore how to get unstuck, and generate other more positive perspectives
Challenge: regulating emotions
Opportunity: bring situations where you have had difficulty regulating emotions to coaching sessions to identify what leads to heightened emotions; strategize ways to be more aware of feelings, and learn how to manage them
Opportunity: work with your coach to identify organizing challenges and strategies and resources to address disorganization
Challenge: setting priorities
Opportunity: clarify priorities in conversation with your coach
Challenge: time management
Opportunity: practice being on time for coaching; develop better time awareness with your coach; and, learn how to use time in a way that works with your ADD brain
Challenge: low self-esteem
Opportunity: identify your gifts, passions, values and needs
The support of a coach makes ADD management and long lasting positive changes
possible for a person with ADD.