If you live with or care about someone with ADHD, chances are you could use some support. You may need information about ADHD-related behaviors that don’t make sense to you. You may want to talk with someone who understands ADHD and can empathize with the challenges you face and your concerns about the person with ADHD.
You may be experiencing the effects of the unfortunate stigma in our society toward people with ADHD. The stigma is largely the result of misinformation and myths about ADHD that are broadcast as facts.
For example, you may have heard that folks with ADHD aren’t able to focus. Yet your ADHD child, partner, or friend seems to sometimes focus so intensely on something of interest to him that he doesn’t even hear you speaking.
Or perhaps you ask your partner to do something small, perhaps bring you a glass of water, and she returns with her drink but forgets yours. It’s easy to feel hurt by such behavior, since lack of caring for you seems to be the only possible explanation. But it turns out that many people with ADHD have very short working memory, and she may have completely forgotten your water in the short time between your request and her appearance without it.
Learning more about ADHD (and learning how it uniquely shows up in the people in your life who have it) is essential if you want to make sense of some perplexing behaviors. You also need someone you can talk with about the challenges as well as the delights of living with someone with ADHD.
A trained ADHD coach will give you the opportunity to share your experiences with someone who understands the ways people with ADHD can behave and the challenges their behavior can bring to daily life. An understanding ear can make a world of difference, as you learn more about ADHD.
You also need to take care of yourself, and the coach can help you discover appropriate ways to accomplish that as well.
Credentials to Look for in an ADHD Coach
ADHD Coaching is a specialization of life coaching. While anyone can call him/herself an ADHD coach, or a life coach for that matter, it is important to find a coach who has been trained in the specialty of ADHD coaching.
Start by checking out where the coach received his or her training. The ADD Coach Academy is the first and only comprehensive ADHD coach training program fully accredited by the 1) International Coach Federation (ICF), the governing body for the entire coaching profession; 2) the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE); and 3) the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC).
I would recommend that you find a coach who has been credentialed by both ICF and PAAC. Then take advantage of the initial complementary brief session that most coaches offer to see how you think you might work together.
At Free To Be ADHD Coaching, We Are Here to Help
Neil and Linda Swanson of Free To Be Coaching, LLC, have been accredited by both ICF and PAAC and are graduates of the advanced training program of the ADD Coach Academy. In addition to our training, we both have decades of life experience with ADHD. Our bios and some testimonials from clients can be found on our website – freetobecoaching.com.
Our in-person coaching is done in Warrenton and Centreville, Virginia, but we also coach English-speaking clients around the world by Skype, FaceTime, or phone.
Contact us through the contact form at freetobecoaching.com to schedule a free exploratory session. We work individually with clients, so let us know whether you prefer to speak with Linda or Neil. We look forward to hearing from you!