Coaching usually involves weekly sessions and includes brief check-ins by email or text during the week to help with accountability toward your goals. Dealing with challenges and results between sessions accelerates awareness and skill-building while emphasizing accountability and encouragement.
While change can begin immediately, it often takes time to experiment with new behaviors and see if they are helpful. Most coaches suggest three months or a semester to practice new problem-solving skills and evaluate solutions. As the client, you must engage willingly in the coaching process and be ready to experiment with new strategies and behaviors. This should include a gradual education to determine what obstacles hinder learning and how ADHD affects thinking. Often the real work begins when the novelty of change wears off, and we begin to address some of the more systemic changes that are needed.
Sometimes parents and partners need coaching, too, to better understand how ADHD and Executive Function impact learning, motivation, behavior, and the whole family system. We also offer support for Parents and other family members.