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FAQs about ADHD and our programs/support

  • What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?
    ADD and ADHD are both terms that refer to neurodevelopmental disorders, but they represent slightly different aspects of the condition. The term ‘ADHD’ is more comprehensive and accurate because it reflects the various ways the disorder can manifest. It recognises that the challenges with attention are often accompanied by hyperactivity &/or impulsiveness. Therefore, when people refer to ‘ADD’, they are often referring to the inattentive subtype of ADHD. It's important to note that diagnosing ADHD involves a thorough assessment by a qualified healthcare professional, and treatment options can include medication, Coaching, behavioural therapies & counselling. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
  • Do you work with professionals?​
    Absolutely. While I work as a sole practitioner, I am happy to provide updates to your Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or General Practitioner. I encourage you to attend regular medical appointments with your treating practitioners to monitor your health. ADHD Coaching is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment.
  • What Is the Difference Between ADHD Coaching and Other Types of Therapy or Help?
    ADHD coaching and other types of therapy or help such as counselling and medication management, serve distinct roles in supporting individuals with ADHD. Here are the key differences between ADHD coaching and other types of interventions: ADHD Coaching: Focus: ADHD coaching is specifically tailored to help individuals with ADHD develop practical strategies, skills, and tools to manage their symptoms and improve their daily functioning. It’s goal-oriented and often focuses on addressing challenges related to organisation, time management, task completion, and executive functioning. Approach: Coaching is collaborative and action-oriented. Coaches work with individuals to set goals, create action plans, and implement strategies that can lead to positive changes in their lives. Skills building: ADHD coaching emphasises teaching individuals’ specific skills and techniques to address their ADHD – related difficulties. These skills can include time management, organisation, communication, and self-regulation. Accountability: Coaches provide accountability and support to help individuals stay on track with their goals and strategies. Regular check-ins and progress assessments are common. Scope: ADHD coaching is focused on practical strategies and daily functioning. It doesn’t delve deeply into past traumas or psychological issues. Therapy: Counselling /Psychotherapy: Focus: Therapy is often broader in scope and can address a range of psychological, emotional, and interpersonal issues beyond ADHD-related challenges. Therapists help individuals explore underlying emotions, thoughts, and behaviours that might be contributing to their difficulties. Approach: Therapeutic approaches can vary widely and may include CBT – Cognitive Behaviour therapies and more. Therapists work with individuals to explore deeper emotional and psychological aspects. Goal: Therapy aims to help individuals gain insight into their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, promote personal growth, and address psychological distress. Long–term exploration: therapy often involves exploring past experiences, relationships, and patterns to understand how they influence current thoughts and behaviours. Diagnosis and treatment of Co-occurring Issues: Therapists can also diagnose and treat other psychological conditions that might be present alongside ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma-related disorders. Medication Management: Focus: Medication management involves working with a medical professional, such as a psychiatrist, or paediatrician, to determine if medication is an appropriate option for managing ADHD symptoms. Medications can help address core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Approach: Medical professionals evaluate the individual’s symptoms, medical history, and response to medication to determine the most suitable treatment plan. Complimentary: Medication management can compliment other interventions, such as coaching or therapy, by alleviating symptoms and making it easier for individuals to engage in skill-building and therapeutic work. In Summary, ADHD coaching focuses on providing practical strategies and skill-building for managing ADHD-related challenges. Therapy delves into deeper emotional and psychological aspects, and medication management addresses symptom relief through medication. These approaches can also compliment each other, and the choice of intervention depends on the individual’s needs, preferences, preferences, and the guidance of qualified professionals.
  • What is ADHD Coaching?
    ADHD coaching is a specialised form of coaching designed to help individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) better manage their symptoms, improve their functioning, and achieve their goals. ADHD coaching is typically provided by professionals who have expertise in ADHD and coaching techniques. The goal of ADHD coaching is to provide support, guidance, and strategies to help individuals with ADHD overcome challenges and lead more productive and fulfilling lives. ADHD coaching is not a substitute for medical treatment or therapy. It is a complementary approach that can be used alongside other interventions, such as medication, counselling, and behavioural therapies. Here are some key aspects of ADHD Coaching: Individualised Approach: ADHD coaches work with individuals on a 1:1 basis, tailoring their approach to the specific needs and challenges of each person. They take into consideration the individual strengths, weaknesses, goals, and areas of difficulty. Goal Setting: Coaches help individuals with ADHD set realistic and achievable goals, whether they are related to academics, career, personal development, or daily routines. Skill Development: Coaches teach individuals with ADHD practical strategies and skills to manage their symptoms and improve their executive functioning. This can include time management, organisation, planning, prioritisation, and problem–solving. Accountability: Coaches help individuals stay on track by providing accountability and support. Regular check-ins and progress assessments help individuals stay focused and motivated Behavioural Strategies: Coaches assist individuals in developing strategies to cope with impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity. These strategies can help improve focus, impulse control, and overall self-regulation. Building confidence and self – Esteem: ADHD coaching also focuses on building self-confidence and self–esteem. Individuals with ADHD often face challenges that can impact their self–worth, and coaching can help them recognise their strengths and achievements. Educational Support: For students with ADHD, Coaches can provide strategies to manage academic tasks, study effectively, and navigate the challenges of school. Communication Skills: Coaches may work with individuals to improve communication skills, helping them express their needs, set boundaries, and advocate for themselves in various contexts.
  • What does a Coaching session look like?
    An ADHD coaching session is typically structured to provide support, strategies, and guidance to individuals with ADHD. The specific format of a coaching session may vary based on the coach’s approach and the individual’s needs, but here’s a general overview of how an ADHD coaching session might go: Setting the Agenda and Goals: The coach and the individual might briefly review the progress made since the last session. This can include discussing any strategies implemented, successes, and challenges encountered. Current Concerns and Challenges: The individual discusses their current concerns, challenges, and any specific situations they want to address. This could include difficulties with time management, organisation, task completion, focus, impulsivity, and more. Exploration and Insight: The coach might ask open-ended questions to explore the underlying causes or patterns of the challenges the individual is facing. This can help the individual gain insights into their behaviours, triggers, and thought patterns. Goal Setting and Prioritisation: Together, the coach and the individual establish or refine the goals for the session and beyond. These goals are often specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART Goals). The coach helps the individual break down larger goals into manageable steps. Strategies and Techniques: The coach introduces or reviews strategies, techniques, and tools that can help the individual manage their ADHD symptoms and address their challenges. These strategies can include time management techniques, organisational methods, mindfulness exercises, and more. Skills Building: The coach might provide guidance on building executive functioning skills, such as planning, prioritisation, problem-solving, and self-regulation. These skills are crucial for managing ADHD symptoms effectively. Action Planning: The coach and the individual collaboratively create an action plan for the upcoming days or weeks. This plan outlines specific tasks, strategies, and steps the individual will take to work toward their goals. Accountability and Progress Tracking: The coach helps the individual establish a system for tracking their progress and holding themselves accountable for the tasks and strategies discussed during the session. This might involve setting reminders, using tools, and establishing routines. Reflection and Feedback: Toward the end of the session, there might be time for the individual to reflect on the session’s content and discuss any insights gained. The coach might also provide feedback, encouragement, and validation. Homework and follow–up: The coach might assign homework or tasks for the individual to work on between sessions. These tasks are designed to reinforce the strategies discussed during the session and help the individual make tangible progress. N.B. remember that the structure and content of an ADHD coaching session can vary based on the individual’s needs and the coach’s approach. The coaching process is collaborative, focusing on the individual’s strengths and challenges to develop practical strategies for managing ADHD-related difficulties.
  • What is the difference between executive functions and symptoms in ADHD?
    EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS Executive functions refer to a set of cognitive skills that are essential for effective self-regulation, planning, organization, decision-making, and goal-directed behaviour. These functions help individuals manage their thoughts, actions, and emotions to achieve specific goals. Executive Functions include abilities such as: Working Memory: the ability to hold and manipulate information temporarily in the mind. Inhibition: the capacity to control impulses and regulate responses. Task Initiation: Starting tasks or activities without procrastination. Emotional Regulation: Managing and controlling emotional reactions. Organisation and Planning: Arranging tasks and creating strategies to achieve goals. Time Management: judging and allocating time effectively. Flexibility: Adapting to changes and shifting between tasks or situations. SYMPTOMS Symptoms are the observable and measurable characteristics or behaviours associated with a condition. In the case of ADHD, symptoms refer to the challenges and difficulties individuals experience due to underlying deficits in executive functions. ADHD symptoms are grouped into two main categories Inattention Symptoms: These involve difficulties sustaining attention, being easily distracted, overlooking details, making careless mistakes, struggling with organisation, and avoiding tasks that require prolonged mental effort. Hyperactivity Symptoms: These include restlessness, fidgeting, difficulty remaining seated, excessive talking, and difficulty waiting for one's turn. Impulsivity Symptoms: impulsive behaviours like interrupting others or making hasty decisions. The relationship between Executive Functions and ADHD symptoms is such that deficits in executive functions can contribute to the manifestation of ADHD symptoms. Effective management of ADHD often involves strategies and interventions that target both executive function improvement and symptom alleviation. It is important to note that the connection between executive functions and ADHD symptoms can be complex and multi-faceted, and everyone’s experience of ADHD is unique. Understanding both executive functions and ADHD symptom is crucial for tailoring interventions and support to the specific needs of individuals with ADHD.
  • Have any more questions?
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