Life coaches help clients to
– identify their strengths and use them to deal with the barriers to achievement and hope
– deal with challenges in relationships at home, at work, at school
– ignore the unnecessary or unreasonable constraints placed on them by others
– ensure that they look after themselves while enjoying the benefits of helping others
– deal with emotional issues such as frustration, worry and grief
– replace despair by hope
ADHD Coaches do what life coaches do except that they are specifically trained to deal with all the issues which ADHD presents. ADHD Coaches know about the inherited neurobiological condition which prevents ADHD folks from paying attention the way others can. Coaches strive for a relationship free of judgement and conditions where clients learn to appreciate their strengths and pay less attention to perceived weaknesses.
I do what life coaches do and what ADHD coaches do but I also coach those who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder and who may have a number of other diagnoses. I also assist them in locating appropriate resources. While I coach them I also act as a mediator and translator of sorts between parents and children, helping smooth the various points of friction. The key condition is that they are disorganized or frustrated with a lack of success and need me to help them find pathways to self acceptance and success in whatever areas they select.
With a lifetime career in and around special needs in education, and a PhD in Educational Administration which focused on educational transitions from high school to post secondary, I now find myself with a majority of clients aged 20 to 27 whose parents have hired me to help get their adult child launched (or relaunched). In cases where clients are emotionally fragile I will normally refer to a physician or therapist since coaching best takes place where a client is strong enough to make decisions and act on them.