What Is ADHD Coaching?

October 1, 2008

by Nancy A. Ratey, Ed.M., MCC, SCAC

ADHD coaching is based on the premise that the brain is flexible in its ability to learn continually, and while evidence of its success is purely anecdotal to this point, scientific research does support the underlying concept: Rehearsing actions helps to forge new neural pathways in the brain so it can develop new competencies in areas that have historically been deficient. This flexibility of the brain, with its ability to adapt, is one way new habits are learned.

ADHD coaching helps the client learn about his or her own brain and its deficits in order to demystify them. When individuals have an understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, they are able to develop concrete, sustainable strategies to maximize their unique abilities. The brain can learn! People can develop new habits! This is the energy that helps clients make positive, lasting changes in their lives.

ADHD coaching is rapidly gaining worldwide acceptance as part of a comprehensive treatment program for the increasing numbers of individuals diagnosed with ADHD. Like all coaching, it is a supportive process in which the coach and the client work together to help the client reach his or her potential.

And because ADHD coaching is holistic, clients learn to consider their complete lifestyle in creating strategies to deal with all areas of their lives.

Nancy A Ratey, EdM, MCC, SCAC
Strategic Life Coaching

Copyright 2009

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

sandi beers March 3, 2012 at 7:59 am

hi there

I am looking for advice on how to become a ADHD coach and I would appreciate any help in locating the right information.

Many thanks


Mark Laurenti March 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Need research for graduate school project.

Rowe Kaple March 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Thought that you should read my paper: The remediation works!

2012. Vol.3, No.1, 36-44
Published Online January 2012 in SciRes (http://www.SciRP.org/journal/psych) DOI:10.4236/psych.2012.31006
Physical and Behavioral Markers Help Identify Written Language Disability (WLD) Related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)*Benson E. Ginsburg, Dawn Bradway
Department of Psychology Program/Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut, USA
I will send you the test if you are interested.
Rowe A. Young

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