ADHD Coaching Research

As part of the ACO’s commitment to Education and Excellence, we support evidence-based practice and make evidence-based research available to all members. A review of research on ADHD coaching is summarized below.

Research Supports ADHD Coaching©

ADHD Coaching has been defined as a collaborative, goal-oriented process that integrates life coaching, skills coaching, and education to assist individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in developing the self-awareness, strategies, and skills necessary to fulfill their potential while navigating the pragmatic realities of living with ADHD.1

A recent review of research on ADHD coaching indicates that ADHD coaching contributes positively to improved functioning in individuals with ADHD across the age span. 2,3  Download a PDF of this research review.

Numerous, varied studies examined diverse outcomes of coaching for ADHD. Findings include the following:

Improvements in ADHD symptoms and executive functioning related behaviors:
  • Improved social behaviors in elementary school students
  • Improved grades in high school and college students
  • Improvement in learning and study skills in college students
  • Improved executive functioning skills and/or goal attainment in college students (not studied in adults)
  • Improvements in distractibility, and inattentive, social, and behavioral factors in adults
  • Clinical, symptom and/or functional improvement in all age groups
Improvements in self-esteem, well-being and quality of life:
  • Improved self-esteem in teens and college students
  • Improved life satisfaction in elementary, high school and and college students
  • Improved wellbeing in elementary and college students (not studied in teens or adults)


While results for individuals may vary, the research suggests that, across differing age groups, study designs, and approaches to coaching, including both individual and group coaching models:

Coaching appears effective in supporting improvements in many realms of functioning for individuals with ADHD across the age span. ADHD coaching can be a stand-alone intervention or a component of comprehensive, multimodal treatment of ADHD.


  1. Wright, S. D. (2014). ADHD coaching matters: The definitive guide. College Station, TX: ACO Books.
  2. Tuttle, L. J., Ahmann, E., & Wright, S. D. (January, 2016). Emerging evidence for the efficacy of ADHD coaching. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of APSARD (The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders), Washington, DC.
  3. Ahmann, E., Saviet, M. & Tuttle, L. J. (October, 2017). Emerging evidence for the effectiveness of coaching for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Poster awarded Honorable Mention at the 2017 Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference, Institute of Coaching/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

© 2018 Created for ACO by Ahman, E., Saviet, M. & Tuttle, L.J.

Want to learn more about ADHD Coaching Research?

ACO members can log on for more information and links to the following research resources:

  • Journal of Attention Disorders (JAD)
  • The ADHD Report
  • Attention Research Update
  • The Coaching Report
  • International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring

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