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How Do I Find an ADD Coach?
"I have recently been diagnosed with ADD. I am an extremely visual thinker, and need a coach that can understand this particular quality. How do I find a coach? What questions do I ask to determine the right fit?"
Most coaches are familiar with different learning and processing styles, but be sure to ask about their knowledge in this area. Typically, individuals naturally interact better with others who have the same preferred way of processing, but that does not necessarily mean that you would not do well with a coach who is very auditory.
It depends upon their skill with matching and mirroring. These skills enable a coach to output information in a way that is easily received and processed by you. The American Coaching Association (ACA) has a list of ADHD coaches by location. Coaches are also listed on chadd.org, add.org, and our ADDitude directory.
To assist you in choosing a coach that is just right for you, the ACA has published the following guidelines:
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.