ADD Coaching Overview
In the ADD Coaching model, a client with Attention Deficit Disorder works collaboratively with an individual coach. The client is in charge of identifying areas where he wants to effect change or growth. Coaching is a partnership that is built on trust. The emphasis is on recognizing, strengthening, and utilizing the individual's talents and gifts to bring the coaching plan to completion.
In pursuit of helping the client successfully reach his self-identified life changes, the ADD Coach helps him to understand Attention Deficit Disorder from a neurobiological standpoint. Together, they rationally examine the ways that ADD affects the client's life. This can help improve self-perception and relieve the person with ADD of some of the emotional baggage that he might have carried since elementary school. .
After identifying goals, it's time for the nuts and bolts of coaching. The coach will aid the client to build skills in areas that can help to achieve the individual's goals. Strategies will be examined and put in place. Structures and supports will be identified. Executive function may be enhanced when a person works with an ADD Coach. This will allow the client to better set priorities and evaluate results.
ADD Coaching is not something that everybody with Attention Deficit Disorder is ready to try. While coaching offers support, it also comes with a set of expectations. The person must have the willingness to work collaboratively with their coach. This involves building a trusting relationship that is open to discussion and collaboration. Collaboration is hard work, and the person who is being coached must be prepared to identify and make changes. Change, even positive change, is difficult. The person who works with an ADD Coach also needs to have the emotional resources to embrace the ways that coaching can impact his life. An ADD Coach can help the client step out of his current comfort zone and into a richer life experience.
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