Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's So Great About ADHD Coaching?

Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, returns as our guest blogger this week.

In my last post, I shared a few coaching tips for families with ADHD. But many of you might still be wondering—what’s so great about ADHD coaching?

ADHD coaching consists of a collaboration between client and coach to help the client move forward with his or her agenda, whether it be general (e.g., feel more satisfied with life, fit in better at school, enjoy work more, experience less daily stress) or specific (e.g., find more time for family, earn a job promotion, get accepted into college, or develop a healthy lifestyle). Coaching involves a free-flowing, creative process driven by the client and supported by the coach.

The coaching process offers a useful time and space for brainstorming options, exploring next steps, and engaging in simple coaching exercises to help the client and client family become more confident and motivated to achieve goals. In addition, coaching may involve accountability check-ins that provide the client with an opportunity to receive support, report progress, and share successes along the way. The sum of the experience for the client is a supportive environment in which he or she can explore new options and have a partner on the journey toward developing the life he or she wants. Ultimately, a trained coach will use his or her skill to evoke thought in the client and encourage the client to identify goals, as well as the actions that need to be taken to reach those goals.

Ready to learn more about coaching? Attend the information-packed preconference session, The Positive Impact of Coaching on Family Dynamics. Join us in Atlanta for CHADD’s annual international conference on ADHD from November 11 to 13!

Considered the founder of the movement for ADHD coaching for youth, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett is the cofounder of the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching and the director of coach training for the Edge Foundation.

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