Too Young for an ADHD Coach?


"My 14-year-old daughter needs lots of one-on-one help to stay organized. Is it ever appropriate to hire a coach for a teenager?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills Sandy Maynard

Many coaches do work with teens, but not every coach will come to your home and help them go through closets and set up study areas. If your daughter needs "hands-on" assistance, consider hiring a professional organizer (you'll find a nationwide directory at and more in the ADDitude Directory). Make sure the organizer you hire is patient and non-judgmental—ideally, this would be someone who specializes in ADD.

Once your daughter's organizational system is in place, it might help to have a coach check in with her once a week to make sure she is using the system effectively.

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.
Copyright © 1998 - 2016 New Hope Media LLC. All rights reserved. Your use of this site is governed by our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
ADDitude does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only. See additional information.
New Hope Media, 108 West 39th Street, Suite 805, New York, NY 10018