Does ADHD Coaching Work?
Coaching is now recognized as a legitimate resource for learning how to live with ADHD. Family doctors, psychiatrists and neuropsychologists refer for coaching as a management strategy for ADHD. Lynda Hoffman Life Coaching provides evidence based coaching practices to support clients in learning to live successfully with ADHD.
Studies are beginning to surface that show the results are positive. For example, in 2013, the Field and Parker study showed statistically significant higher executive functioning, particularly relating to well-being. Interviews conducted with students indicated that coaching helped them think about and work toward their goals more productively, manage their time and tasks more efficiently, and use more positive self-talk.
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The objective of this study was to identify undergraduates’ perceptions of the impact of ADHD coaching on their academic success and broader life functioning.
One-on-one interviews were conducted with 19 students on 10 different U.S. campuses who comprised a purposive sample of gender, cumulative grade point average, and self-regulation skills variables as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory. Interview transcripts were coded using NVivo 8 software, and emergent themes were triangulated with students’ descriptions of personal artifacts that symbolized coaching’s influence on their lives.
Students reported that ADHD coaching helped them become more self-regulated, which led to positive academic experiences and outcomes. Students described ADHD coaching as a unique service that helped them develop more productive beliefs, experience more positive feelings and engage in more self-regulated behaviours.
ADHD coaching helped participants enhance their self-control as they responded to the multifaceted demands of undergraduate life.