ACO member walks the talk of success.

Driven by a need to lead clients to a sustainable recovery, ACO member and coach Joyce Kubik created a template of inner listening and a mandate for radical personal action in order to ‘believe what was in my heart, not in my mind’.

What did clients do with all those skills and strategies taught them?  Ten years ago there was no data to draw from for assurance that coaching worked. Joyce relates, “Nothing seemed to measure what I did as an ADHD Coach.  I wanted to measure real life results – the living with ADHD stuff.  I’d been using my own rating scale – now called KORS (Kubik Outcome Rating Scale) – for several years and saved all the data.  I kept thinking that this information would make a great study.  I kept seeing great possibilities and that nagging inner voice would not quit.  But how would I do that?”

Joyce dragged out her stats books and began to recall the steps to writing a paper and consulted her stats professors and a couple of statisticians.  They all agreed she had something very exciting to write about and to research. The entire process took four years of collecting data, two years of writing it and one year for publication.  The Ohio Psychological Association connected Joyce with the Psychology Department at Baldwin Wallace College and the professor who taught psychology stats. This professional assistance made it happen.

The most difficult step to get through was the peer-review where their questions and the study criteria did not include items in the DSM-IV.  Joyce’s criteria measured twenty-two areas of concern related to the every day behavioral, emotional and cognitive outcomes of coaching clients with ADHD. The impact of coaching these clients was measured over more than one year.  ADHD Coaching made a huge difference!  In the study all five factors were measured, all resulting in highly significant results.

Here are a few of the results to be published March 2010 in the Journal of Attention Disorders on “Efficacy of ADHD Coaching for Adults with ADHD”

Before Coaching

After Coaching

Impatient – 32% Impatient – 11%
Impulsiveness – 40% Impulsiveness – 11%
Interrupting others – 36% Interrupting others – 11%
Mental Restlessness – 55% Mental Restlessness – 22%
Shifting task to task – 64% Shifting task to task – 32%
Easily Distracted – 78% Easily Distracted – 28%
Forgetfulness – 48% Forgetfulness – 21%
Difficulty Listening Attentively – 51% Difficulty Listening Attentively – 7%

Joyce Kubik now successfully trains other ADHD coaches to use her coaching method through ACO’s ACCE program.  She plans to conduct a master study using ACO coaches who are trained in this method.  If you are interested, contact the ACO for the next class date. For more information, see the June, 2009 Circle on Joyce.

Read more about Joyce Kubik’s research here.