ADHD Coaching Definition

Have you heard about ADHD coaching and wondered what it is? Really, it’s not so different from any other kind of coach.

Everyone knows a coach when they see one. There are football coaches, tennis coaches, dance coaches, voice coaches and executive coaches. And for the daily challenge of life itself there are life coaches. Put simply, a life coach helps people meet the challenges and opportunities life presents. An ADHD coach is a life coach who is specialized in the unique challenges of ADHD.

ADHD coaching works the same way as an athletic coach, only the game is life.

Your coach will work with you on the skills you may be missing and your game strategy,  Over time, you will get better at all the things that are hard for you right now. Things like planning, prioritizing, time management, and organization. Your Edge ADHD coach will also help you apply these new skills to achieving the things you want most. Check out some of our testimonials [link] to hear how coaching has helped real students achieve their goals.

People all over the world recognize the benefits of life coaching in their pursuit of career and life goals. Many CEOs and top business executives find that executive coaches can give them the edge necessary to manage successfully and effectively when the stakes are very high.  At the Edge Foundation we believe that if a coach is good enough for CEOs, then it is good enough for our young people who are learning to succeed with ADHD.

What’s special about an Edge ADHD Coach?

When you work with an Edge-approved coach, you can be sure that the individual is an experienced coach who has taken additional steps to learn about the specific needs and concerns of teens and young adults with ADHD.

Our coaches meet some of the most rigorous standards in the field. All of the coaches who go through Edge’s training program are well-trained life coaches who have a minimum of two years experience as a coach. The Edge Training Team brings over 25 years of experience working with youth and 15 years focused on coaching youth with ADHD. Our coach training program provides coaches with the necessary skills and tools to coach teens and young adults with ADHD. What’s more, all of our coaches also receive follow up supervision and support once they complete the program.

If you’d like more information about what coaching is like, we hope visit our sign up page and watch a quick video.  While you are there, feel free to sign up for a coach or just get more information.  You can also call us at 888-718-8886. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you within the next business day.  We are happy to answer your questions and support your efforts to find the best coach for you or your child.  We want you to feel comfortable that when you choose to work with an Edge Coach, you’ll know your be in good hands.

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7 Responses

  1. S-J
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    I’m sorry but hyperactivity is a good thing shows the brain is active .. ADHD labels people and that’s wrong

    I’ve always had an overactive mind/ imagination that’s a wonderful thing not a sickness

    I’m fed up with extraordinary behaviour being labelled as a sickness

    The problem is parents not providing enough stimulus

  2. Robert Tudisco
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    In response to your comment about hyperactivity, I don’t necessarily disagree with you. Hyperactivity in and of itself is not a bad thing. In fact many individuals with ADHD like myself are kinesthetic processors, which means we need to move in order to think. I, myself fall into this category and I use running as a means to process information. The problem lies in the chronic nature of the condition and its severity. While many students need to move in order to think, in some settings it can be disruptive, depending on how and where it manifests.

    Hyperactivity, however is only one symptom of this neuro-biological condition and is not present in all people diagnosed with ADHD. And in many cases some of the hyperactivity decreases after puberty. It is a very real medical condition, not a sickness, that affects the portion of the brain that regulates executive functioning which controls prioritization, time perception, impulse control, organization etc. While I agree, that those with ADHD have many talents, they also have very real challenges that they face on a daily basis.

    From personal experience, I can tell you that the diagnosis is not a lable, but a relief to understand that there is a reason for the difficulties and challenges we face on a daily basis and ways to develop our talents and learn to navigate around our weaknesses.

    It is also important to understand that ADHD is an inherited genetic condition and is not caused by bad parenting, however the way that someone parents a child with ADHD matters a great deal. It is important for parents to educate themselves, not just on the term, but to understand what it means and more importantly, how it manifests itself in their child, to provide the type of structure, support and accountability that their child needs.

    Robert Tudisco
    Executive Director
    Edge Foundation

  3. Shanna
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    when selecting from all the ADHD coaches out there that people look beyond “life coaches” and be sure to get a coach that specializes in working with ADHD symptoms. I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult when I realized I was overwhelmed an not moving forward in life. I am so grateful that have been able to take my life experience, including my ADHD, to help other adults to achieve their goals.

    • Peggy -- Edge blogger
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      Excellent point, Shanna. ADHD has specific symptoms that make coaching more tricky than for a non-ADHDer. Having a coach who understands and has worked with ADHD is critical to spending you time and money wisely! Edge Foundation has a wide range of coaches to choose from so you not only get a coach that has the expertise in ADHD you are looking for, but also is well matched to your personality.

  4. Lorie
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    Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Dan Stephens
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    This is a great article. I found it while researching “coaching definition.” I do have a clarifying question though. In what situations should someone with ADHD work with a coach instead of a psychologist or counselor? I’m a graduate student working on a counseling degree, but I’m also interested in coaching.

  6. Jay Jorgenson
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    I remember when I was younger I had a friend who struggled a lot with ADHD and he went to an ADHD life coach a lot. It helped him a lot to improve on his social skills. I can see how kids can definitely succeed when they have ADHD, they just need a coach to help them see it.

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