Coaching Teens & College Students
What is ADHD Coaching for HS and College Students?
We start from today and move forward.
My role as an ADHD Coach is to help the student learn how to work with their unique ADHD and build their Executive Function skills. I help the student create new approaches in avoiding the distractions and impulsivities from taking over. By identifying strengths and strategies, the student will be able to better manage their ADHD and achieve what they want to achieve.
For the coaching to be meaningful and successful, the student should be ready to experiment. This is the opportunity for the student to begin to take charge of their responsibilities in a way that works for them. It's about building self awareness.
Student's goals run the gamut from: improving grades, doing well on the team, keeping the PT job without falling behind in classes, reducing the overwhelm and learning how to tackle the mountain of work. Each coaching session is dictated by the student to meet their objectives.
Here are examples of what we may work on each week:
Review all subjects to check for: homework, upcoming tests, quizzes, labs, projects. Guiding to use some type of planner system to build organization skills.
Brainstorming how to break down work into manageable “bites” to produce quality work and complete assignments on time and to your standards.
Timing work or short activities to help the student see how long something really takes. Time planning helps with organization, helps to avoid missing deadlines and promotes quality work.
Help with strategies on communicating with the teachers, bosses, classmates and friends.
Review successes from the past week/month/year as well as some of the stumbles. It’s important to recognize strengths and see the direct results of the hard work of building new habits.
ADHD is a weakness of skills. It has nothing to do with intelligence. Many student athletes work with coaches to improve their abilities in a particular sport. Think of an ADHD Coach as a brain coach.
I highly recommend the student, parent and/or teacher read these two books:
How to Do it Now Because It's Not Going Away by Leslie Josel
Winning with ADHD by Grace Friedman and Sarah Cheyette, MD