In a way, this is a trick question, because for each person reading this post the answer will be different. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to ADHD.
One person with ADHD might need to bounce lightly on an exercise ball or rock in a rocking chair in order to be able to pay attention in class or at work. Another person with ADHD might need to doodle or to take notes using mind mapping in order to maintain a level of mental stimulation that facilitates paying attention. No two people with ADHD are exactly alike.
So, how can you find out what are the best tools and strategies for you? One really good way is to work with a specially trained ADHD coach. Your coach can help you discover your strengths and talents and passions.
Together, you and your coach will look at where things have gone well in your life and where there have been bumps. You might look carefully at your successes for clues to how they came about. What strengths or passions were involved in the successes? Could they be applied to a current challenging situation?
From examining past and present difficulties you might identify the precise nature of your challenges. This will allow you to put tools or systems into place to minimize the effect of those challenges in current or future situations.
Sometimes a realization comes quickly in coaching, and you see a new way to proceed in a flash. Sometimes there is a need to be patient and try more than one strategy before you find one that works well for you. Even then you may need to tweak it as you go along.
Your coach will inquire curiously, listen carefully, reflect what she thinks she’s heard you say to be sure she understood. Together you will craft your unique program of goals and the steps and strategies needed to achieve them.
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!