VIRTUAL COACHING FOR ADHD
How ADHD Coaching Works
Individuals diagnosed with ADHD may struggle with executive functioning skills that manifest in different ways. Individuals may find it difficult to problem solve, organize and prioritize responsibilities, initiate tasks, focus, maintain stamina to complete responsibilities, regulate their emotions, and use their working memory. Rather than adopting executive functioning skills naturally, many individuals diagnosed with ADHD may benefit from explicit 1:1 instruction and coaching to focus and strengthen systems development. Rather than following a set curriculum to teach executive functioning skills, New Frontiers in Learning utilizes a cognitive modeling approach, supporting individuals diagnosed with ADHD to identify areas of skill deficit unique to their experiences as a learner in order to develop skills and systems to succeed in areas where they are directly struggling.
New Frontiers provides one-on-one ADHD coaching to address each individual’s specific academic and/or social needs. We support individuals when they are in middle, high school, college and beyond on the global skills that are necessary to problem solve and self-monitor one’s progress towards goals (i.e., teach them how to fish), including organization, time management, planning, task analysis and initiation, follow-through, etc. We promote positivity and motivation and help support individuals to reach their full potential. The skills taught in the coaching model reflect a level of mastery that can be generalized regardless of whether the individual is struggling academically, socially, or professionally.
Our coaching program has shown to be very effective during transition periods in an individual’s life. We help ease our students through transitions between middle school and high school, high school and college, and transitioning to adulthood. Whether this means coaching the student on social engagement at school or the workplace, teaching self-advocacy, or navigating resources on a new campus, New Frontiers has the coaching skills and experience for each unique individual.
Coaching, as a model, is used to develop a solution-oriented mindset that confronts problems instead of avoiding them. Coaches work with individuals to identify problems, develop potential solutions, and then assess if these solutions worked. We develop self-advocacy skills as an essential skill for problem-solving. Coaches assist individuals to follow through with new tactics and systems. The support is designed to find strategies that the individual will continue to use without the support, leading to self-sufficiency and independence.
How does it work?
Virtual coaching allows for a coach and client to interact electronically, via platforms such as Skype, GoTo Meeting, or Google Hangouts. The individuals set a coaching schedule on a consistent and regular basis, that can be supplemented with additional sessions as needed to encourage follow-through and accountability. The sessions can range from daily check-ins to longer sessions weekly or several times per week, depending on each individual’s unique needs and goals.
Virtual coaching can be a great alternative to in-person coaching when individuals live in an area outside of our geographical reach, are unable to travel to an in-person session, or are more comfortable with receiving coaching in one’s own environment. Virtual coaching sessions allow for supports that are easily accessible, flexible in scheduling, not limited by travel time, and more available on an as-needed basis.
Those that might not be able to travel independently, that need flexibility, that want extra daily support, and those who are geographically not able to have in-person sessions.