How Do I Find an ADD Coach?

Q:

"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?"

A:

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:

  • Before choosing a coach a potential client should have a clear picture of what it is she would like to accomplish through the coaching relationship. This may vary tremendously. Similarly, coaches often specialize to fill certain client needs. For example, some specialize in clutter control and others in time management. Making sure you find a good match for your specific needs is an important step, so assess your needs carefully.
  • Interview several people in your process of choosing. It will increase your chance of finding a good match for you. Coaches should spend time answering all your questions and describing their strengths and weaknesses.
  • The client should come away from the interview with answers to their factual questions and a good sense of the coach as a person and what a professional relationship would be like with that person. Both coach and client will benefit from the give and take of a good informational interview as both have the same goal—finding a good client/coach match.

Client Questions

  1. What percentage of your practice is devoted to individuals with ADD?

  2. How long have you been doing ADD coaching?

  3. I have identified _ _ _ _ as one of my coaching needs. What is your experience in this area?

  4. How do you prefer to work? (office visits, telephone, e-mail orcombination?)

  5. How often do you anticipate we will meet/speak and for how long?

  6. What are your fees? How and when is payment due?

  7. Can you give me the names of references? (previous clients who have given permission to use their name or colleagues who are familiar with the coaches' work)

  8. When would you be available for an initial interview?
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.
 
 
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