Coaching Teens With ADHD
eens and children with ADHD are not lazy, no matter what it looks like! But they do lack the skills for managing themselves and doing what they need to do. This often results in parents picking up the slack. The key for ADHD teens in becoming more autonomous is to learn the skills for being in charge of themselves.
How ADHD Coaching Can Help Your Teen
Coaching is a powerful tool for increasing your teen’s confidence. In safe, one-to-one sessions, your teen can learn how to take responsibility for themselves one step at a time.
- Reduced conflict at home.
- Increased self-awareness about what is working or not.
- Increased flexibility and decreased reactivity when problems arise.
- Completing homework more autonomously.
- Getting started on tasks more easily (less procrastination).
- Reduced impulsivity (staying on task rather than social media).
- More participation in classes.
- Improved time management, e.g. arriving on time, meeting deadlines, etc.
- Improved test results.
- Ability to self-advocate at school, i.e. ask questions and seek help when needed.
ADHD Coaching is Not an Overnight Solution, but the Results are Lifelong
Teens do not outgrow ADHD; they grow up to be adults with ADHD. The greatest gift you can give your teen is the opportunity to learn the skills for successfully living with ADHD.
Is Your Teen or Child with ADHD a Candidate for Coaching?
These are good indicators:
- Your teen is discouraged but cares about what is going on.
- Your teen can attach to and trust another adult.
- Both of you are ready to try something different.
- Your teen is willing to share and learns by talking and doing.
- Your child (as young as 10) is mature for their age and can communicate their experiences comfortably. (The work would be age-appropriate.)
You do Not Need a Diagnosis of ADHD to Begin Coaching
Your teen can begin coaching as soon as they feel ready and want to improve their situation. Getting started as early as possible leads to better outcomes. There is no reason not to start working on organizational skills, impulsivity, and self-management if they are causing immediate distress for your teen. Besides, coaching can help you and your teen take the next steps to a diagnosis if or when that feels right for you both.
Are You Ready to Give Your Child the Tools for Success?
I have seen how ADHD can negatively impact a teen’s life. The outcomes for untreated ADHD are serious. In teens, these may include failure in school, depression, anxiety, poor self-confidence, social difficulties, lack of motivation, and drug or alcohol abuse.
I also know these outcomes are not inevitable. Learning adaptive strategies for self-management can reverse these effects. YOU CAN change the course of your teen’s life.
Remember, this isn’t just about getting through school. This is about life skills: how to be a student, a friend, and a reliable member of a family; how to advocate for oneself and be fully engaged.
You and your teen can explore what this would be like in a powerful 1-hour session with me. This offer is my gift to you. There is no obligation. This is not a sales presentation in disguise.
I would meet with you both for the first 15 minutes. Then I would meet with your teen. Afterwards, we would meet together to explore follow-up steps. You can count on leaving with something of value at the end of the hour.
Your teen has everything to gain and nothing to lose.
Take a minute to complete the request for your complimentary ADHD coaching session for your teen here. Your coaching session will either be live in person, or via Skype, depending on where you live.
Still not sure? See how my ADHD life coaching changed the lives of students who were challenged by ADHD.