The Living ADDventure® ADHD Impairments Assessment
It was with some trepidation that I agreed to do this assessment. Would I have to answer questions that I was uncomfortable talking about? I had never been someone who talked about deeply personal stuff.
So why is it important to do this assessment?
Everyone is impacted differently by their ADHD. The type of ADHD (inattentive day-dreamer to climbing the walls hyperactive and everything in between), your family history, the environment you live in, various co-occurring conditions that you may have, are all factors that need to be looked at in order to find an ADHD Coaching Programme that will work for you and help you to live a contented and productive life.
Living ADDventure® ADHD Coaching is very directive and focuses on your current issues. You can't change the past so you need to focus on how you deal with today and tomorrow.
I had committed to changing my life so I decided that there were to be no secrets, no half truths. It was time to face the truth, uncomfortable as it might be.
What does a Living ADDventure® ADHD Impairments Assessment involve?
Dave Pughe-Parry, the founder of Living ADDventure® spent several years developing this very comprehensive assessment. It takes approximately 2 hours and can be done face to face or via Skype.
It is quite emotionally draining as there are over 200 questions that cover 20 categories that provide a clear picture as to how your ADHD is impacting your ability to lead a contented and productive life. These categories include:
- Family History - ADHD is highly hereditary - 4 out of 5 children with ADHD have at least one ADHD Parent. In families where there has been sound structure, with loving, caring parents who build your self esteem the impact of ADHD may be greatly reduced. In families which are volatile, with abuse and addiction the opposite is true. ADHD is found across the Social and Economic spectrum and is no respecter of Colour, Race or Culture.
- The type of ADHD you have
- Your levels of Distraction
- How Restless you are
- How Impulsive you are
- Your organisational and time management skills
- Do you Follow through?
- Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
- What are your personal, family and work relationships like?
- Your levels of rage and anger and whether you explode or bottle things up
- Do you like high stimulation activities?
- Do you struggle to get started?
- Can you transition from 1 task to another with ease?
- How do you handle pressure?
- Do you have sleep issues?
- What are your energy levels like?
- Tactile issues
What a revelation this was for me.
One of the key characteristics of ADHD is poor self observation. We are often totally unaware of the effect that our behaviour has on others. We bulldoze and/or daydream our way through life reacting to whatever pops up without thinking about the future.
When I looked back at how I would move into one home and immediately start looking for another, how I changed jobs, impulsively bought cars I realised how exhausting I must have been to live with.
It was actually quite humiliating having to confront aspects of my life that I had never realised existed.
On the positive side it was a relief to be with someone who understood me and who I trusted to help me change. For years I had been a control freak and one of my son's actually told me that my parenting style had been "my way or no way".
ADDers often become OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) about something they can control because we feel so out of control in our heads.
Dave prepared a detailed report and coaching plan focusing on the areas that I needed to work on. Living ADDventure® has over 30 ADHD Coaching Modules some of which form the initial basic core which every client needs to do before focusing on the specialist modules that are applicable to a specific person.
Depending on the type of ADHD the Coaching can take anywhere between 2 months and 2 years. If you are the Hyperactive type and you like to go, go, go, you will get through the coaching far quicker than if you are the day-dreamer inattentive type. The inattentive type battles with inertia and struggles to get going with anything so the coaching is much less intensive but will take a lot longer.
This is why it is so important to know as much as possible about how your ADHD impairs you; the programme is then tailored to suit your needs.
Regardless of how long the actual Coaching plan takes you need to accept that you will sometimes slip and that you need to work on your ADHD every day for the rest of your life. Gradually you become comfortable with who you are and manage your life more productively, and crucially, more consistently.
This report is extremely useful as it is used to measure your progress as you proceed through the ADHD Coaching Plan.
Over the past few years I have become a much better listener, I am a lot less impulsive and I have learned to ask other's opinions before rushing off to start something new.
Living ADDventure® charges R1950 (approximately USD 160) to do this ADHD Impairments Assessment and if you would like to book a Skype appointment please complete this form. (it will open in a new tab or window)
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