FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ADHD Coaching FAQs
I've answered some of the most common questions about ADHD coaching below.
ADHD coaching basics
ADHD coaching has been defined as a collaborative, goal-oriented process that integrates life coaching, skills coaching, and education, to assist individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in developing the self-awareness and skills necessary to fulfil their potential while navigating the pragmatic realities of living with ADHD .
An ADHD life coach is specifically trained to help people with ADHD better manage their lives. Coaches work with clients to help them develop practical skills and initiate change in areas of daily life that people with ADHD often struggle with, including:
- organisation and time management
- maintaining focus to achieve goals
- building motivation and finding ways to use rewards effectively
- healthy self-esteem and self-efficacy
- emotional regulation
- study skills.
A good ADHD life coach will help you build awareness of how ADHD affects your daily life, and provide encouragement, support and practical strategies to address your specific challenges.
Coaching is a practical intervention that complements medication and other non-pharmacologic alternatives in the treatment of ADHD.
The International Coach Federation (ICF) recognises ADHD coaching as a special area of expertise but does not provide specialised ADHD certification.
If you're looking to hire an ADHD coach, you should look out for the following training and credentialing, as a minimum:
- Completion of an ICF-accredited specialised ADHD coaching program. These include ADD Coaching Academy, JST Coaching and Training and International ADHD Coach Training Center.
- Membership or credentialing with ICF
Coaches who have completed these programs have been formally trained and assessed by master ADHD coaches. This ensures they have both the coaching skills and specialised ADHD knowledge to serve their clients.
ICF credentialing also requires coaches continue their professional development and ongoing education.
ADHD coaching is considered a valuable intervention that complements other treatment approaches. Studies have shown that students and adults receiving ADHD coaching:
- developed better executive functioning skills
- engaged in more positive thoughts and behaviours
- took greater responsibility for their actions
- reported increased self-awareness and self-esteem
- developed improved study skills and learning strategies.
A 2017 review of 19 studies into the effectiveness of ADHD coaching found it consistently supported beneficial client outcomes and contributed positively to multimodal treatment approaches.
There is no set rate for an ADHD coach. There are many factors that play into what a coach charges, however a good ballpark estimate is that the hourly rate should be around what a therapist or counsellor would charge in your area.
My current rate for a 1-on-1 coaching session is $175 including GST.
Pricing of my group programs varies.
Please contact me if you'd like to find out more about my rates.
No, ADHD coaching is not rebatable by Medicare or private health insurance.
Many people can benefit from coaching if their impairments are consistent with ADHD.
It's not actually necessary that you have a diagnosis of ADHD. If your primarily primary goals are around improving time management, procrastination, organisation, lack of focus, impulsivity, or motivation, you are likely to benefit from ADHD coaching.
You've found one! And I'd love to help. BUT, I have limited availability. And maybe I'm not the right guy for you (it's ok, my rejection sensitivity can handle it).
And finding the ADHD coach that's the right fit for you is priceless and central to you getting what you want out of the process.
Thanks to the continued hard work and tireless advocacy of Dr Michele Toner - Australia's first certified ADHD coach - we now have a directory of Australian ADHD coaches who are have undertaken ICF accredited ADHD coach training, and are at a minimum a member of the International Coaching Federation.
Click here to browse Australasian ADHD Coaches Directory.
"Adult ADHD" isn't a distinct diagnosis from "child ADHD", but ADHD in adults can present very differently to how it looks in kids.
So, what are the symptoms of ADHD in adults? The diagnostic criteria for ADHD in adults doesn't differentiate the symptomatic presentation of kids and adults, which can mean that however adults with ADHD may experience significant problems in some of these areas:
- inconsistent work performance
- regularly forgetting important dates and appointments
- high emotional volatility
- being worried chronically due to fear of failure, underperforming or missing deadlines
- struggles with keeping on top of the basic stuff of daily living
- strong feelings of shame and blame
- procrastination that can be debilitating
- easily distracted from goal-oriented activities
- time blindness leading to an inability to see and act upon the way actions taken (or not taken) today impact the future
- impulsive decision making - which may present as shopping to excess or overeating.
Executive functions can be described as the capacities needed for people to manage the goal-oriented and purposeful tasks of daily life.
Deficits in executive can affect time management, organisational skills, problem-solving abilities, motivation, sustained attention, and regulation of emotions and behaviours.
According to Barkley and Murphy (2011), executive function deficits impair people's ability to regulate their behaviour over time.
Dr Thomas Brown said that "attention is essentially a name for the integrated operation of the executive functions of the brain".
Complicated answer. An ADHD diagnosis on its own doesn't qualify you to access the NDIS. This is mostly because it can be hard for someone with ADHD alone to meet the NDIS eligibility criteria of a severe and permanent disability.
Where ADHD occurs alongside another condition, such as an intellectual disability, autism, learning disability or global development delay, you may be more likely to obtain NDIS funding.
ADHD may be covered by the NDIS if you meet the eligibility and disability requirements. In addition to general criteria such as age, you must be able to prove that you have a disability causing an impairment that:
- Is permanent or likely to be permanent
- Results in substantially reduced capacity to undertake day-to-day activities
- Affects your capacity for social or economic participation
- Means you are likely to require support throughout your lifetime.
Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis rather than a specific diagnosis.
Finding a knowledgable, empathetic specialist you are comfortable with is essential to the long-term management of ADHD.
Many practitioners have lengthy waitlists, so it's a good idea to get cracking on doing a ring around if you suspect ADHD.
The exact cause of ADHD is not fully understood. What we do know is that ADHD is a complex and heterogeneous condition influenced by a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors.
Genetic studies have shown that ADHD is highly heritable. ADHD runs strongly in families, and studies have shown that certain genes involved in the regulation of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine may be associated with ADHD.
There is evidence to suggest that imbalances in these neurotransmitters contributes to the symptoms of ADHD.
Research has revealed differences in the brain structure and activity of individuals with ADHD compared to those without the disorder. These differences primarily involve regions responsible for attention, impulse control, and executive functions.
The interplay of genetic and environmental factors likely contributes to individual differences in the development and manifestation of ADHD symptoms.