Does your child or student have ADHD? Do you? Does your spouse? Sara Wiener Consulting can help. I am an ADHD coach for kids and adults located in Bend, OR servicing all of Central Oregon.
An ADHD coach is someone who can help you get a handle on those challenging things that just don’t come naturally. If you have a child with ADHD, they are probably super smart but scattered. Does that sound familiar? Kids with ADHD are super smart intellectually but have challenges with everyday, “simple” things. They may be able to do very difficult academic work but not be able to turn in their homework. Your husband may have ADHD like symptoms and you are frustrated that he doesn’t seem to be listening to you, doesn’t do what he promises to do, or he’s lying a lot as a way to not disappoint you.
It’s very difficult for parents to coach their own kids. It’s impossible to coach your spouse. So whom do you call? An ADHD Coach or Executive Function Coach. These are trained professionals who work together with you and your child or husband, or any individual who needs help with time-management, organization, and planning. A coach may work in an office setting or may visit you in your home. They may see you individually or along with your whole family. There are different models of coaching, not to be confused with Life Coaches.
ADHD Coaches and Executive Function Coaches teach you strategies. They can’t change your brain, but they can help you change behaviors. These behaviors will start small and with time, grow, to become life changes. Learning strategies for getting organized in your bedroom, your office, or your kitchen, are all very attainable with the right approach. A strength-based approach is key. We want to focus on the existing strengths you, your child or spouse have and build on them.
If bringing in the mail everyday is a challenge because it lands on the kitchen table, then the counter, then the floor, then on top of your already messy desk, the bills probably won’t get paid on time. For example, the OHIO (Only handle it once.) approach is my favorite strategy to solve this problem. Only Handle It Once is a very effective tool to teach anyone how to manage his or her stuff efficiently and effectively.
Another example a coach can help with is school issues. Is your kid’s backpack full of wrinkled papers at the bottom? Do they do their homework but never turn it in? Are they failing in classes they know the material for? Are they disruptive in class and need some new skills for self-regulation? These are all things a coach can help you with.
For more help with Executive Function strategies and ADHD coaching in Central, Oregon and the Bend, OR area, contact Sara Wiener for a free consultation. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org