Advising Professionals about ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Coaching

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Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Being an ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Coach isn’t an everyday profession. There are several of us out in the world that do this, but all of our styles are different. Many of the other coaches I come across have the same objective, but may approach our work in a different fashion. But what about other professionals? Does he or she really understand what a Coach does?

I am a very collaborative. I like learning about other professionals and how he or she works. I also like to know others that do similar work to my own. When I get a referral, I want to be sure if I’m not a fit that I point the client in the right direction. This may surprise a lot of people, but I do not view my work as competitive. I am confident in what I do and do not mind admitting that I can or cannot help a particular perspective client.

When I am not working with clients, I am meeting with other professionals. Not only does it help my practice, but it helps the other professionals as well. Knowing good resources in the community helps build a strong helping network.

Usually the first questions I’m asked is to describe my work. How do I help clients? This isn’t an easy answer, considering there’s a lot of ways I help clients. But the best general answer I can give is…

I help clients with ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning Deficits identify his or her strengths and concerns. We will then build to that person’s strengths while finding effective strategies to effectively manage areas where a person may not be as strong.

Other coaches may say things slightly different, but this is the center of our work. All of my clients have talents, it is my responsibility to help him or her find those talents and make the person stronger. In addition, I help the person address his or her concerns. While there aren’t cut-and-dry solutions, the fact that these concerns are addressed helps make the person stronger.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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