How do I know I need an ADHD coach?

Editor’s Note:  This post is the first in a series called “Ask the Coach.”  If you have a question you’d like our resident ADHD coach to answer, feel free to add it to the comments and we’ll try to answer it in a future post.

Do any of these things sound familiar?

  • Do you do your homework but forget to hand it in?  Or when finally clean out your backpack or room, do you find things you’ve “lost”?
  • Do you have trouble getting to sleep on time?
  • Are you often late and just can’t seem to get out the door on time?
  • Do have trouble staying focused on the things you know you “should” be doing?  Do you get bored in class?
  • Do you procrastinate?  Then swear to yourself you won’t do it next time only to find yourself doing it all at the last minute, again?
  • When faced with a task, do you know what to do first and what to do next?  And can you get yourself to do it?  And finish it?
  • Do you do well on one test and practically flunk the next?
  • Have your grades tanked?
  • Are you overwhelmed?  Discouraged?  Behind?

These are just a few of the challenges of ADHD that a coach can help you with.  Really.  An ADHD coach can help you get out of what can feel like an impossible hole, and get on with your life.

How does an ADHD coach help?

Well you probably already know ADHD is a frustrating thing to live with.  And the one thing you can always rely on with ADHD is that it is consistently inconsistent.  That means there are days when everything goes great – and then there are the days when you can’t seem to get out of your own way.

Your friends or family probably get frustrated and say things like, “If you’re so smart, why can’t you just do x?”  And when, for whatever reason, you don’t do x, they say you are lazy, or unmotivated, or not living up to your potential.  And maybe you begin to believe them.

But what if it’s not because you aren’t trying the right things?  After all you are probably already trying pretty hard – or at least thought you were.  What if the problem is having a brain that just works differently, and so needs a different approach to managing these every day responsibilities?

This is where an ADHD coach can help.  ADHD coaches know that the same approach doesn’t work for everyone.  As the old saying goes, if the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t blame the foot!  ADHD coaches work with people just like you, every day, and help them find solutions that work for their lives – not for their parents or friends.

So, are you ready to learn more?  Sign-up today and take the first step to getting your life under your control, and finding your edge!

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2 Responses

  1. Jen
    | Reply

    Are coaches available to work with ten year olds or is that too young?

  2. Peggy -- Edge Foundation blogger
    | Reply

    Most children under the age of 14, especially those with ADHD and learning
    issues, are not emotionally ready to take on the responsibility and
    accountability required in a coaching relationship without parental assistant.
    At Edge, our coaches are trained to coach youth who are ready to develop skills
    and strategies for life, independent from their parents.

    Elementary school children need to be coached in person and the parents are
    an integral part of the coaching process. Edge coaches work by phone and
    parents are not involved. For this reason we recommend that you start with
    your pediatrician or school to get referrals for a behavior specialist who works
    with a child who has not yet started high school.

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