We 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.
3. Living ADDventure® works with the Family & the whole Environment
ADHD is a family condition. 4 out of 5 children with ADHD have at least one ADHD Parent. Non-ADHD family members need to learn how to live alongside the ADDer without creating a co-dependent relationship nor destroying the ADDer's fragile self esteem.
Where appropriate, Living ADDventure® involves educators, care givers and work colleagues in managing and supporting the ADDer.
4. Multi-Disciplinary Approach
No person has just ADHD and what works for one person may not work for another. We therefore work with a multi-disciplinary team which includes:
- Medication – Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Paediatricians, GPs,
- Sensory Issues - OTs
- Learning Disabilities – Remedial, Speech & Other Therapists
- Diet – relevant to ADHD taking into account textures and other issues that ADDers have regarding food.
- Exercise – must not be boring and repetitive
- Addictions – Rehabilitation Counsellors
ADDers think in pictures. Many struggle to read and comprehend what they read. ADHD Coaching provides visual and tactile methods to help ADDers grasp concepts. The Living ADDventure® tools are important when teaching Time and Money Management. Many ADDers have never learnt to tell the time and have no concept of how long an hour, day, week is. This affects their ability to plan. ADDers struggle to understand bank statements because they are columns of numbers. We need visual aids.
6. Low Self Esteem & Social Skills
Low self esteem is a hallmark of ADHD and the Living ADDventure® ADHD Coaching Programme focuses on seeing failure as a learning experience and building a track record of success.
ADDers frequently have poor social skills, are loud, overbearing or alternatively totally anti-social. Because of their poor self observation they are unaware of how their behaviour impacts others.
7. Decision Making, Goal Setting & Boundaries
Due to ADHD distraction ADDers have not learnt basic childhood skills that Life Coaches assume are in place. ADDers react to whatever is in front of them and frequently do not learn from their mistakes.
ADDers are dominated by their environments. We are frequently overwhelmed and become non-functional. Living ADDventure® ADHD Coaches understand this and accept that we have unpredictable mood swings, are more susceptible to hormonal changes and have days when we simply have to accept that we need to put our heads under the covers.
While we are frequently distracted we also have long periods of hyperfocus when we are interested in something.
ADHD is full of paradoxes and while we are brilliant at many things we are absurdly useless at others. This is most frustrating for those who aren't blessed with ADHD.
Living ADDventure offers ADHD Coaching via Skype Worldwide
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®