A lot of adults with ADD have benefited from working under the direction of an ADD coach. A good coach can help them learn behavioral and coping management skills and put them into practice to improve their daily functions, like improving organizational skills and productivity.
Some key areas of concentration for improvement could be learning to use organizer and filing systems. Step-by-step instructions on how to choose systems, set them up and use them effectively, monitoring for revisions / updates to tailor an individual workable solution long-term is recommended. They can then be adjusted and even taught or coached by professionals in the industry, like from companies who sell organizer products such as Franklin Covey and Day-Timer, or even by a friend, colleague, neighbor or relative who uses a successful system already and has time to help coach. (You can contact companies like Franklin Covey and Day-Timer for workshops online, in your area or available as tutorial videos, books, etc.)
Basic program goals would generally focus on: planners (either print or computer-generated format) and to-do lists for scheduling and tracking regular activities, daily classes, meetings, projects, appointments, etc.; alarm systems to help direct activities and other planned items; easy and quick filing and management systems for both hard copy and computer-generated documents and Ã¢â‚¬Å“thingsÃ¢â‚¬Â with an assortment of tools to fit your lifestyle; and overall organizational management strategy.
Here are some links to websites of ADD Coaches:
- Coaching site for Thom and Louise Hartmann, based in the UK and USA.
The Coaching Centre - run by Dianne Zaccheo, a Therapist and a Coach. She also offers training for coaches and can provide details for a number of Coaches in the UK
ADHD Mentoring and Coaching
- Ray Reinbolt, MST, ADHD Mentor/Coach
ADDconsults.com - The Website for Terry Matlen, ACSW.
- "Nancy A. Ratey is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities on personal and professional coaching for adults with learning disabilities (LD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). As one of the founders of the ADD coaching profession, Nancy has been active for two decades in developing programs and lecturing on issues related to LD and AD/HD."
Parent Coaching Cards
"Parent Coaching Cards system...."The cards offer practical advice on handling the tantrums, setbacks and frustrations that confound youngsters and adolescents... (they) have won praise from parents and from colleagues."