What is Coaching?
If you’re not sure what it means to be coached, think of it as turning the teaching model on its head - breaking out of the paradigm of top-down, passive instruction. Most of us, if we think back, can remember moments where we had a personal insight into something. Often, we remember those moments much more clearly than instructions given by someone else. Coaching builds from that.
Before entering this field, I thought ADHD coaches just taught kids ADHD-friendly organizational strategies and encouraged them to stick to it. I have learned a lot about organizational strategies and ADHD. But the core of coaching is working in partnership with kids as unique individuals (without over-emphasizing a diagnosis if there is one). Instead of advocating one system, I take time to understand their goals (narrow and broad) and then discover, together, the kinds of approaches that will support them. Working with a client to problem solve, supports their efforts to reaching the goal directly in front of them, but also demonstrates and practices how to create and follow through on a plan. Since life likes to jostle even the best laid plans, coaching also teaches how to adjust to circumstances or start over with new insights.