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ADHD Coaching vs Life Coaching

hands meetingWe are often asked how ADHD Coaching differs from Life Coaching. Thre are significant differences

1. Living ADDventure® ADHD Coaches Have ADHD

We are firm believers that in order to truly understand how someone with ADHD feels and functions their Coach needs to have the condition and been through the Living ADDventure® ADHD Coaching Programme. There is no quick fix and our clients need their Coaches to be available long term to pick them up when they fall.

2. Living ADDventure® ADHD Impairments Assessments

Every person whether they have ADHD or not have at least 2 and often more ADHD characteristics. Even those who are diagnosed with ADHD might be functioning very well despite being labelled ADHD.

At Living ADDventure® we focus intensley on how ADHD impairs someone from living a contented and productive life. Therefore we do a comprehensive 2 – 3 hour Living ADDventure® ADHD Impairments Assessment which covers all aspects of ADHD and co-occurring conditions.

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The Living ADDventure® ADHD Treatment Process

HappyFamilySilSizedHow does one treat a complex condition like ADHD? Living ADDventure® has created a multidisciplinary programme that works.

Everybody has an opinion, and usually a product or service to sell, and it is usually touted as the only one. So how do you distinguish between the offerings of profiteers and what is genuine help?

Firstly, there is no magic bullet.

Secondly, ADHD is optimally treated when more than a single therapy and/or treatment is used at the appropriate time.

Thirdly, the treatment takes place over years, not months or days. It is an ongoing way of planning,  living sustainably, and achieving carefully thought goals. There is no cure for the condition, you can only manage it

The MTA Study published in 1999 was the largest study ever done on ADHD. It tracked 4 different styles or modes of treatment over a 14 month period. In my mind, the most important result of that study is that a multi-modal is the best treatment.

Email Treatment WheelWe have devised our treatment wheel in the spirit of this landmark study - that a multi-disciplinary treatment program is best for all people with ADHD.

The results will of course vary - no two people are alike, and that applies to ADDers as well.

The components of our basic program were selected after analysing our data over a 15 year period.

Our Living ADDventure® Basic Treatment Wheel has 8 different components which are all underpinned by PAL  - Powerful Affirming Love.

These components consistently deliver the best results over time. Four of these components are family-based treatments.

There are of course other therapies and treatments that can be added to the program at the appropriate time. These could include things like play therapy, addiction treatment, etc.

Treaments for the most common co-occurring conditions are implemented when appropriate. These must of necessity, be applied to suit each individual case. These are discussed in some depth in the next section; co-occurring conditions.

You can watch the video below to see a brief overview of the components of the Living  ADDventure® ADHD Treatment Wheel, before looking at each component in-depth.

You read more about each component by clicking on the following links. The Treatment Wheel is round because no one component is more important than the other, and you can start with any component, just don't choose one!


The Multi-Disciplinary Method


Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®