Key Tasks for ADD Coaching
Friday, May 20, 2011 7 Comments
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the ADD Coaching Series
Ten Key Areas That Need Time & Attention
A Therapist or Doctor may or may not have the time to work with any of these areas.
A “vanilla coach”** may not find these skills important, agree that they are useful — or even understand why they might be an appropriate part of a coaching relationship.
An ADD Coach, however, must be prepared to include a certain amount of work in each of the following arenas — understanding how to use EACH of the ten skills below. It’s a coach’s job to work with clients to remove “what’s in the way” of shining success.
Back-filling basic skills — insufficient, underdeveloped, or missing as the result of kludgy Executive Functioning –is the most likely suspect in the ADD population, rather than lack of motivation, resolve, ambition or many of the other things-in-the-way that are more common among vanilla clients.
**vanilla = unflavored by ADD – a “vanilla coach” means the coach doesn’t work with ADD/ADHD/EFD clients and/or has not been trained in an ADD/ADHD/EFD-specific, brain-based coach training, regardless of whether they fall on the Attentional Spectrum personally or not.
Ten ADD Coaching Skills
That Help ADD Clients Remove What’s-in-the-Way
|–SKILLS–||– DESCRIPTIONS and Components –|
|1-Identifying||Sharing ADD information & helping a client recognize the ADD specific issues as they appear in their lives|
|2-Clarifying||Helping the ADDer get specific about what they are experiencing and feeling|
|3-Tutoring||Sharing the ADD work-arounds and helping a client learn to work with them.|
|4-Initiation —JumpStarting||“Walking through” the beginning steps of a particular task, conceptually or physically:
• to model initial steps in a practical way
|5-Mapping||Helping a client identify the baby-steps inherent in their desired outcomes.
• Naming the Game
|6-Prioritizing||Helping a client develop structure to the tasks they are facing on the way to their goals.
|7-Task Management||Identifying organizing concepts and helping a client implement them.
a. Organizing the mind:
• Black & white thinking;
b. Organizing the physical world for support:
• Using a datebook or planner — time management
c. Follow-through: (seeing the forest through the trees)
|Helping clients identify & manage problems shifting focus & energy from task to task and state to state.
a. Transitions out of –– problems stopping
|9-Documentation||Helping clients create written records of their history, accomplishments, desires and feelings in an organized,
• Coaching notebook
|10-Introducing & Encouraging Extreme Self-Care||
Helping ADDers learn to prioritize personal care appropriately and manage hyperfocus that gets in the way
Stay tuned – I will be “unpacking” the skills and terms above in
articles in the ongoing ADD Coaching Skills series of posts.
(scroll down for links to articles already available)
[Shameless plug & call for help: for anyone who loves words as much as I do, stay tuned early next year for an announcement of the availability of “version 1.0” of my upcoming ADD Coaching Glossary, with an alphabetical listing of the definitions and explanations of 500 or so of the most commonly used coaching and ADD coaching terms and techniques. Use the E-me form to contact me with interest in helping me refine it — link to the form located in the rightmost position on the top, darker, menubar]
Check out my article on Brain-based coaching
on Dr. Charles Parker’s CorePsych blog
Coaching, out where the ADHD rubber meets the road of reality
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You might also be interested in some of the following Coaching Skills and Practical Application articles
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Related Content on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
- Symptoms of Attentional Struggles
- Ten Basic Coaching Skills used most often with ADDers
- 10-Step ADD Coaching
- Naming the Game
- Trouble with Transitions
Related coaching articles ’round the ‘net (not all ADD-specific)
- Who is your Coach?
- Surefire Strategies That Don’t Work for ADHD – And… (psychcentral.com)
- Shouldn’t Your Coach Be A Master Of Change? (brightmindblog.me)
- Making Change Easy (whatislifecoaching)
- How does Coaching compare to other disciplines? (dmcoachingblog.wordpress.com)
- In search for an ADD-Coaching book (thefemmeaddon.wordpress.com)
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