First of all, you need to know ADHD is a neurobiological condition that’s thought to interfere with a person’s executive functioning skills. So what you might be seeing as hyperactivity, impulsivity or inattentiveness starts as a problem with brain chemistry. It’s easy to mistake ADHD for laziness or not listening or lack of ability, but I want to assure you that it’s a condition that is no one’s fault. Not your child’s. Not yours.
Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a more effective approach to helping a student is through the parents.
The student may not be ready for one-on-one coaching, maybe because they're too young or because they're simply not interested at this point. When this is the case, I can work with you to think through how you can best support your child with strategies and relationship-building tools. I do this through both individual parent coaching and the Calm & Connected series of ADHD parenting workshops.
Much of my work focuses on helping you take care of … YOU! I coach parents to put their own oxygen masks on first, because the more you give to yourself, the more you’ll have to give to your family.
Are you ready to try to a new approach?
It's all about that brain
Do you want to yell less and smile more? Are you struggling with how to help your child academically and/or socially? Does it just break your heart to see your child so self-critical? And if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there, is it possible that you see some of your child's challenges in yourself?
Structure and support form the foundation for success for the student with ADHD. Clients need structure – practical tools and accountability — so that they know how to move toward their goals and so that they have clear indicators they that are on track.
And they need support – encouragement, non-judgment, celebration, compassionate-but-honest feedback – to help them more clearly see the value of moving forward toward their goals.
That’s where a coach comes in.
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In coaching, students to learn to set goals, solve problems and use their strengths to their advantage.
Your child can be coached toward success in many areas, including: