The benefits of AD/HD coaching for people with AD/HD include

  • Maintains arousal

  • Modulates emotions

  • Maintains motivation and sustains the feeling of reward

  • Acts as the “executive secretary of attention”

  • Supports the client’s ability to self-direct actions and change behaviour

  • It develops specific practical strategies to deal effectively with the daily life management challenges the individual is facing.

  • The coach and client work together to solve the tangible problems the client is currently experiencing.

  • Sometimes this involves teaching skills.

  • This requires a solid understanding by both the coach and client of AD/HD in general, and the client’s strengths and weaknesses in particular, in order to devise strategies that are most likely to prove helpful.

  • Coaching tends to focus on actions and measurable outcomes.

  • It focuses on what, when, where and how – but not on why


The questions you should ask a coach

  • What did you do before coaching, to the extent that it provides some foundation of transferable knowledge?

  • How many AD/HD clients have you coached?

  • What other professional activities, mentoring, or peer supervision groups are you involved with?

  • What sorts of continuing education activities do you engage in?

  • How do you tend to work with AD/HD clients?

  • What do you do in the event that more serious psychological issues come up?

  • What is your opinion about medications?