ADD coaching focuses on practical issues confronting the ADD adult, such as organization, managing time, and setting and reaching goals. ADHD Coaches can be therapists, although coaching is not therapy. Alex Hey writes, “An ADHD coach is able to look at the life circumstances of someone with ADHD and how ADHD is at work in their life. By knowing more about their own uniquely wired brain, the coaching client is better able to design action plans that will work for them. This is why it is important to find an ADHD coach who has training in ADHD.”
See The ADD Journey: Help for the Road Ahead or ADHD Coaching Strategies to learn more about ADHD Coaches and how their services differ from those offered by other treatment providers. For even more information, Totally ADD! has created 6 short videos titled “What is ADHD Coaching?”
If you cannot afford a personal coach, see ADHD Coaching Options which lists group coaching, self-coaching, and other options.
Search Tips – Most ADD coaches work over the phone. It’s possible that you won’t find one nearby. It may be more important to find one who deals with your specific needs rather than one close to you. With any site, just choose Coach as the Service Provider Type and the Age Group looking for help. To narrow the search further, make a selection from Coaching Focus. If you prefer someone nearby, your choices will be much more restricted.
Any ADHD Provider Directory will have a number of listings for Coaches.
You’ll find other listings through AD/HD Coach Certification or Training Programs.
You can also find a few referrals for Specialty Coaching for Teens and Parent below.
AD/HD Coach Certification
The specialized field of ADD Coaching is still largely unregulated. No certification past that granted by the following organizations is required to call yourself an ADD Coach. Most of the Associations seeking to establish standards for ADD Coaching require applicants to have met the training requirements for Life Coaching set up by the International Coach Federation (ICF), International Association of Coaching (IAC), or the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) with David Giwerc.
On the other hand, there are now ADHD Coaching Associations and specific ADHD Coach Training that credit specialized training in working with clients with ADHD.
The Professional Association of ADHD Coaches seeks to advance the field of AD/HD Coaching through the development and delivery of a professional credentialing standard for AD/HD Coaches worldwide. (No training available- instead they rate a coach’s experience and training to ascertain what ranking they should receive.) PAAC Certification requirements
ADHD Coach Training
The ADHD Coaches Organization (ACO)
ACO posts a number of Coach Training opportunities.
They also have a coach referral service. (Site under construction as of March 2019) It lists 150 life coaches who have additional training in ADHD.
ADD in the Spirit ADD Coach Training with Peggy Romundo and Madeline Griffith-Haynie.
Sandy Maynard of Catalytic Coaching offers Individual Coach Training
Additional Coach Training to work with Children and Teens with ADHD
Edge Foundation – Provides coaching for teens and college students as well as ADD coach training to certified life coaches. Find a coach for your teen here. Look at the top bar to find coaches for your student or yourself.
Specialty Coaching for Teens and Parents
Edge Foundation – Provides coaching for teens and college students as well as ADD coach training to certified life coaches.
Parent coaching or groups – Online or phone-based. Options vary from free services, like blogs and Facebook groups, to webinars, online or recorded classes to participatory groups and individual Parent coaching. See our collection at Parent Training Providers
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