ADHD / Executive Function Coaching for High School and College Students –
School and its accompanying expectations can sometimes become a tremendous burden for students. The time commitments, strenuous course loads, and concerns about the next step, be it college or vocation, can take their toll on both the student and their family.
For students who have ADHD and Executive Function challenges, the struggles can be more significant than what their peer’s experience. Homework may take longer and be more challenging to manage. Creating and maintaining organization may not come easily. Managing time to get schoolwork done, having sufficient sleep, and still having quality interests and leisure time may seem like an impossible task.
ADHD Coaching Can Mean the Difference Between Success and Failure –
It is not unusual for teens and college students to want to take a more active role in managing their own schedules and plans. In fact, it is a healthy progression towards independence. Parents themselves sometimes grapple with knowing when and how to pull back to provide the space their children need to chart their own course.
A certified ADHD Coach who is specifically trained and educated in helping young adults can help ease the transition, provide the support and teach the skills necessary to help students succeed and thrive. A Coach is not a therapist or a tutor, rather an advocate and partner to help individuals reach their full potential and achieve their goals.
How Does ADHD Coaching Help? –
An ADHD Coach collaborates with you to help you achieve the goals you set and help you develop tools and strategies to better manage the steps along the way. It’s genuinely a wonderful process of partnering to help you evaluate your challenges and establish new methods of addressing them.
Coaching is most beneficial with weekly sessions and includes brief check-ins during the week to help with accountability toward your goals. Coaching and accountability go hand in hand. As a Coach, I work with you, not against you, to help meet your goals. If you were unable to achieve your weekly goal, during your check-in, we’ll discuss barriers and solutions to help you re-start action toward your weekly goal.
Coaching is most effective for an individual who is ready for change and committed to the process. Accepting the fact there will be back sliding during your coaching sessions is part of the process – however; together, we will prepare a “Plan B” that gives yourself permission to stop, re-start and re-set!
How Long Does Coaching Take? –
Parents and students understandably ask this question, anticipating the expense and time needed for coaching. The answer, however, is – it depends. Successful coaching outcomes depend on the coach and student (the “client”) creating a mutually respectful relationship based on honest communication, trust, and confidentiality. A coach will not tell you what to do, instead will encourage you to develop personalized and effective solutions.
As the client, you must engage willingly in the coaching process and a readiness to experiment with new strategies and behaviors. This should include a gradual education to figure out what obstacles hinder learning, and how ADHD affects thinking.
One month of coaching is usually not enough for lasting change to happen. It takes time to experiment with new behaviors and see if they are useful. Most coaches will suggest three months or a semester to practice problem-solving skills and evaluate solutions.
Sometimes parents need coaching too, so they can better understand how ADHD, executive function, and emotional challenges impact learning, motivation and behavior and how to best help their growing child.
ADHD Parent Coaching –
The most significant impact parents can have on their children with ADHD and/or Executive Function challenges is to help them understand what is really getting in the way of them meeting their goals, and to provide them with the knowledge, tools, and strategies they need to succeed –academically, socially and in life!
I offer ADHD Coaching for children ages 8+, college, adults and parents. I understand your struggles and work diligently so that you learn to accept and embrace your superpowers!
Until next time, remember; it’s about progress not perfection!
Tammy C. O’Neil, ACC, CPT CSSC
Associate Certified Coach, Parent Trainer and Student Success Coach
ADHD Coach, Professional Organizer and Speaker
Specializing in ADHD, Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding
304.834.5678 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theorganizercoach.com
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