Coaching in the Classroom on College Campuses
I’m really concerned about today’s college students and curious to know how many of us work on our campuses. It’s probably one of the highlights of my career. I had the opportunity to design a 3-credit college course just for students with ADHD. I took an Intro to College course worth 1 credit and turned it into a 3-credit course that included ADHD Coaching. It was worth every hour I put into the development of the class.
I loved working with college students. While they knew they could earn a degree, they also knew that past experiences had proven that failure is a big possibility – a devastating possibility. It was written all over their faces that first day of class. I know this is true from my own experience. I failed out of college 3 times because I did not have the help I needed and had no knowledge of an ADHD coach. In fact, in 1998, there were very few trained or certified coaches.
I finally succeeded at age 56 because I coached myself through it. I taught this special class for 4 1/2 years.
Students need ADHD coaches to go through the journey with them, helping them realize their belief that they can earn a degree. ACO has great coaches who can get into colleges. Our coaches would benefit greatly from such an experience and believe me when I say the students are forever grateful. I’m beginning to hear from my students who followed the strategies I taught them and have graduated.
I could tell you so much about the students those first few days, but I’ll leave that up to Patricia Quinn’s book Coaching College Students with ADHD: Issues. . . Quinn and N. Ratey. I’m sure there are other books on college students to be sought out that can also be helpful.
If you are curious about “Coaching in the Classroom on College Campuses”, look to ACO’s programs available. In fact, in the Programs article in this issue, there is a link you can go to and share your interest for such a workshop for our coaches.
Until the next time . . .