How does coaching help adults with ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may benefit from coaching, which focuses on goal setting in a supportive environment. The National Resource Center on ADHD says there are limited data to show how effective ADHD coaching might be. However, many individuals seek coaching for ADHD-related problems and report positive benefits.

Adults with ADHD often struggle with organization, time management, and staying focused, and coaching provides an opportunity to work on those issues and more. In a coaching session, adults with ADHD are encouraged to focus on areas that they want to change, set goals, and follow through on these actions. During the process, the coach offers suggestions and encouragement to help each individual achieve his or her goals.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Coaching may help adults with ADHD do better academically, professionally, and socially by helping them learn strategies and practical skills for managing and navigating through daily life. How your coach works with you is based on your individual needs and goals. Once you identify a goal, such as being more organized at work and prepared for meetings, you will work together to identify a strategy to help you achieve that goal. With specific suggestions and tools, your coach can help a great deal.


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