Affordable Coaching Options
More Affordable Options to personal ADD Coaching
- Peer Coaching and/or Self-Coaching. (FREE, cost of a book, plus...)
- Coaching Classes (as low as $40- up to about $150 month)
- On-line Coaching programs (about $70 monthly + (Depends on level of personal interaction with the coach(es)
- Parent Coaching Classes
First proposed by Drs. Ned Hallowell and John Ratey, Peer Coaching has by and large been underutilized by the ADHD community. Yet it can be a valuable addition to your treatment for those with or without the financial means to access other coaching options. In Hallowell's model, short DAILY check ins are used to help you and your partner define, divide and conquer those many tasks needed to make your goals. The basics are simple. Their execution, however can be challenging. See an outline of the mentoring process below.
Hallowell's H.O.P.E. Model
H - Hello. Start the meeting by saying Hello. Wave your hands and arms if you must. You need to get your partner's attention. Make sure you have this attention completely before going any further.
O - Obligations. Ask your partner what his obligations are. For the day,for the week, for the month, for the year. Once in a while, ask about even longer term goals. But make sure you focus on short-term obligations. Be dogged. Your partner will often be evasive.
P - Plans. Ask your partner what his plans are for meeting his obligations. Remember, he will be evasive. If he says something vague, like, "I have that covered," ask for specifics. The chances are, he doesn't have anything covered at all and he's just bluffing because talking about it makes him anxious. Persist. Pry. Press.
E - Encouragement. Having grilled your partner regarding his obligations and plans, you now end the meeting by giving him a big dose of encouragement. We all need encouragement, but people with ADHD need a lot of it. They need to head off for their work feeling hopeful.
*Reprinted from Answers to Distraction by Edward Hallowell, M.D. and John Ratey, M.D., 1995
Coach Sandy Maynard further developed his idea. See "H.O.P.E.” A Four Step Model for Coaching the ADD Client. This four step coaching formula can be used by any concerned individual who would like to be in a support role for someone with ADD.
"The ADHD Coaching Model" by Nancy Ratey refers to professional coaching, but offers good information about the process that could be useful for novices helping a friend.
What is self-coaching? From Nancy Ratey’s companion site for her book, The Disorganized Mind. (The whole site has a lot to offer.)
Welcome to A.C.T. NOW© - a free workbook for Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder- An Interactive Coaching Course for Adults with ADHD by Sandy Maynard.
The Disorganized Mind- by Nancy Ratey. $16 (Her companion site for the book has even more to offer.)
SMART GOALS with the ADD Brain in Mind: An Interactive Approach to Moving BEYOND Stuck, Procrastination and Overwhelm by ADD coach, Marla Cummins. - Sign up for her helpful newsletter and download this 175 page workbook- Includes forum and additonal classes twice a year. $30 - See key points below:
ADD to Done: Beyond Stuck, Procrastination and Overwhelm
- 1. Identify your core values
2. Create an awareness of yourself, including your strengths and impact of your ADD symptoms.
- 3. Learn more about your ADD and how you can work with it, rather than against it, to reach your goals.
- 4. Design your goal so that you can reach it.
- 5. Learn how different types of self care can support you. Make changes to your current self care to support your goals
- 6. Adopt strategies to reach your goals that rely on your strengths and help minimize your ADD related challenges.
- 7. Learn and adopt specific time and task management strategies to support you.
- 8. Commit to reaching your goal in a way that works for you!
Permission to Proceed : The Keys to Creating a Life of Passion, Purpose and Possibility for Adults with ADHD by David Giwerc, Master Certified Coach and founder of the ADD Coach Academy (Must order through ADDCA- $22 + S&H)
Self-coaching book (Odd One Out: The Maverick’s Guide to Adult ADD by Jennifer Koretsky) and Self-Coaching Toolkits (Clutter, Time Management and Solutions for ADD Parents with ADD Kids ($47-$67)- from ADD Mangement.com
Untapped Brilliance – Self-coaching ebook by Jaqueline Sinfield, Ontario coach, author and talk radio blog host. $17 for e-book an $25 for paperback.
Group Coaching – offered at different times by Laura Roland - Also offers on-line coaching - Look for her Time Management program
ADD Journeys -Sari Solden’s subscription web site with an emphasis on the human, personal side of Attention Deficit Disorder in adults. You can usually find a webinar or podcast to listen to for free. Then you can decide if the services they’re offering are right for you. Sari is the author of Journeys to ADDulthood and Women with ADD.
ADHD Impact- many free services - Good newsletter and monthly webinar. Group coaching is reasonable while personal parent coaching is higher.
Please let us know as you discover/offer additional affordable coaching programs. Thanks, firstname.lastname@example.org