WHAT IS ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a common genetic neurodevelopmental condition in which the brain’s neurotransmitter chemicals; noradrenalin and dopamine do not work properly. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.
ADHDers experience persistent problems such as difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour when the conditions goes without proper identification, treatment and management. This can have long-lasting consequences for an individual such as mental health challenges, self-esteem,
ADHD can co-exist to a greater or lesser degree, with other neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, autism, learning, dyspraxia, dyslexia, conduct disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder.
Neuroscience, brain imaging, and clinical research tell us a few important things: ADHD is not a behaviour disorder. ADHD is not a mental illness. ADHD is not a specific learning disability. ADHD is, instead, a developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management system.
It is important to note that ADHD has many strengths and and when individuals learn how to function in a way that is most natural to them, they can live hugely positive lives, reaching their full potential and achieving great success.
WHAT IS COACHING
‘Partnering with clients in a thought provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal and professional potential.’
Coaching is future-oriented and focuses on individual growth and development. It is a series of purposeful conversations enabling and empowering individuals to move towards their goals. It is a journey of personal growth, where clients clarify what they want, plan how they are going to get there, discover the resources they already have, uncover what they need and when they arrive, make it stick.
Coaching is not about advising, telling or influencing; and, though it can be therapeutic in its effect, it is not therapy or counselling.
The coach is a facilitative partner to the client on their journey of personal learning and development. It is a client led process, where the coach follows tuning in to their intuition, while asking questions to create awareness, listening, reflecting back and challenging.
Coaches regard their clients as naturally creative, resourceful, and incredible human beings.
WHAT IS ADHD COACHING
‘A collaborative, supportive, goal-oriented process in which the coach and the client work together to identify the client’s goals and then develop the self-awareness, systems, skills, and strategies necessary for the client to achieve those goals and fullfill potential.’
An ADHD coach is a “life coach” specifically trained to help children, young people, adults and family members gain a better understanding of their unique brain processing and create the life they want to live.
A professional ADHD coach brings current ADHD knowledge, best practices, and meet every client with understanding, exactly where they are at. The Coach will share ADHD-friendly models and tools while supporting and empowering the client to uncover their own strengths and create formulas of their own, to facilitate positive personal and professional change.
The ADHD coaching partnership is an appreciative and creative inquiry process that empowers clients to learn about themselves and so they can make choices and take actions so they can be their true authentic selves.
The ADHD coach listens with an appreciation and working experience of how ADHD may be impacting the client.
FINDING THE RIGHT ADHD COACH
Chemistry: It is important that there is good connection between you and your potential coach. Most Coaches will invite you to book in for a introduction session so that you can get a sense of each other before starting the journey together.
It is important that your ADHD Coach is at least one of the following:
Have been officially diagnosed with ADHD themselves or are a parent of an ADHDer.
Have ADHD specific training.
Experience working with ADHDers.
If they have a niche or specific area of interest, you should ask about what their training or background is in this area to understand their qualifications to coach in this area.
It is also helpful to know if they have been a coaching client themselves, so that you will know that they fully understand the process as they have been through it themselves before they embark taking you on it.
You should also ask if they have/are engaging in:
Officially accredited training course.
Ongoing Supervision hours.
CPD: continuous professional development.
Membership of professional Coaching bodies i.e. ICF, ACO.
Professional indemnity and malpractice insurance.
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References: CDC, PAAC, ADD Coaches, ADDitude, ADHD Ireland, ICF, Coaching Development.