For people who have ADHD, you know how great it is or certainly can imagine how great it might be to have people in your life who understand ADHD. What does it mean to understand ADHD?
- First, of course, acknowledging that ADHD exist in adults
- Understanding that ADHD is caused by biological factors and has a genetic basis
- Knowing that people with ADHD because of their cognitive differences can be highly creative, energetic and productive
- Realizing that treatment (structure, exercise, coaching, medication…) is about helping people with ADHD create the life they want, not fixing them
- Standing firm in the belief that people with ADHD are not deficient.
An ADD coach who understands the above is off to a good start. In addition, in order to successfully work with ADD clients, coaches must also understand specifically how ADD can manifest itself and be able to assist the clients in addressing those areas that the client finds problematic in reaching their goals and “living their values.”
My understanding of ADD and my ability to assist clients in reaching their goals comes from both my professional and personal experiences. While I am always reading and attending workshops, I have formal training from Landmark College. I also taught middle and high school for 11 years and am currently an Academic Support Specialist at Boston University. Being a life long learner with regard to ADD is quite literal for me, as both my daughter and I have ADD. So, my learning never ends…
With this strong professional, educational and personal foundation, I am able to help my clients clarify and reach their goals, by focusing on their strengths to create solutions in their areas of challenge. This is evident in the comments below made by one of my clients, J.D., a writer.
“Marla offers a non-judgmental, objective appreciation for the large and small difficulties and success that are not apparent to myself, and a way to order these things so that they can be confronted and appreciated, respectively. Marla has helped me see what appear to be insurmountable problems as just small impediments. She helps me by keeping a focus on the challenge I feel in organizing and constantly reviewing how to strike a balance between letting my schedule get out of control and focusing too intently on it and thus losing track of the bigger picture.”
I can help you to keep your eye on your big picture. If you need someone in your corner to move forward, please contact me for a complimentary Strategy Session.