We also coach older teens, young adults, adults in the workplace, entrepreneurs, and other adults with AD/HD. Though coaching college students with AD/HD has been our primary AD/HD coaching service since 2008, we have adapted our coaching programs for older teens and adults with AD/HD who want to work with a coach who understands their unique executive functioning challenges and how to help them meet their goals.
How is AD/HD coaching for teens, young adults, and other adults different from other types of coaching?
Because individuals with AD/HD have impairments in one or more areas of executive function (Activation, Focus, Effort, Emotion, Memory, or Action), they often benefit from a coaching program that is uniquely adapted to fit their particular needs. This can include:
- shorter coaching sessions that facilitate focus and memory and
- coaching Check-Ins by email, text, or phone in-between sessions to help the AD/HD client follow through with “action steps” – i.e., coaching homework!
What is unique about LaMountain & Associate’s coaching services for teens, young adults, and other adults with AD/HD?
Our Team Approach
Camille and Dennis have had extensive training and experience in working with people who have disabilities, as well as in coaching teens, young adults, adults in the workplace, entrepreneurs, moms, dads, and others. We work as a team to complement each other’s strengths and skills so that our coaching clients with AD/HD have access to a full range of professional expertise and guidance.
For more information on Camille’s unique qualifications to work with older teens and adults with AD/HD, please click here to read her BIO.
For more information on Dennis’ unique qualifications to work with older teens and adults with AD/HD, please click here to read his BIO.
Customized Coaching Services
As with our approach to coaching college students with AD/HD, there is nothing “ordinary” about our approach to coaching older teens and adults with AD/HD. Because of our clients’ unique challenges, and because we like to be flexible to meeting their needs, we customize each individual’s coaching program. As we say, “one size does not fit all.”
- We coach by phone, Skype, and/or in-person (if the client is local).
- We sometimes provide intensive in-person half-day start-up coaching services to help adults with AD/HD make a plan about how to manage their work and their lives.
- When coaching older teens and young adults with AD/HD whose parents are paying for services, we are available to meet for family conferences in the client’s home (if local).
- We also provide family conferences by phone or Skype.
- At the client’s request, we customize the coaching plan to provide both scheduled coaching sessions and scheduled Check-Ins (similar to Level 2 coaching for College Students with AD/HD).
- Unscheduled Check-Ins are included in all of our AD/HD coaching services.
- We offer a range of assessments (including personality, career, conflict, and 360 Feedback assessments) that help clients to gain deeper personal insight.
- We provide referrals to professional organizers, psychiatrists, therapists, and others, if needed, for our local clients.
Coaching Older Teens with AD/HD
The longer we work with college students who have AD/HD, the more we realize the importance of preparing teens for college or other post-high school vocational tracts prior to high school graduation. In fact, it is very important for parents to help their children learn how to manage their AD/HD at a very early age so that they develop strong academic, social, and life skills.
Though we do not coach youth in elementary or middle school, we do coach juniors and seniors in high school who are ready for coaching. Our approach to coaching older teens is similar to our approach to coaching college students with AD/HD, except that we coordinate more closely with their parents to help them develop skills, routines, and habits for a successful transition to college, a vocational training program, and/or the adult workplace. Coaching can help teens get better grades in high school and accelerate their transition into adulthood. Coaching helps prepare teens to mature and be more prepared for the rigors of college and the world of work.
We also help older teens and their parents determine if the teen is not ready for college or the adult work world. If not, we provide information about “gap programs” that can help teens mature and make decisions about college, vocational training, a career, and work.
Coaching Young Adults with AD/HD
While it was once thought that AD/HD was a childhood disease that people outgrow, we now know that many of the symptoms often continue into adulthood. Unfortunately, we find that young adults are often in denial about how unmanaged AD/HD affects their successful transition into adulthood. While the hyperactivity component of AD/HD often decreases, issues with distractibility, focus, and organization are less likely to go away.
We have worked for some time with an adult in his mid-thirties who knew he had AD/HD since he was a teen. After many losses in his adult life (relationships, jobs, money, not graduating from college, etc.), he finally accepted that he needed coaching and medication to help him manage his AD/HD and juggle the complex demands of adulthood. We are helping this young man put his life back together – from scratch – with a special focus on finding a career that works for him and managing his budget. It is much more rewarding and cost effective to treat AD/HD before life spins out of control than to treat it after substantial losses. Yet, it is never too late for young adults to start effectively managing their AD/HD!
Coaching Adults in the Workplace with AD/HD
Because of her clinical background and training, Camille easily recognized early on in her work at LaMountain & Associates that several of her adult coaching clients were struggling with organizational issues at their workplaces and that they probably had undiagnosed AD/HD or another executive functioning disorder. As an example of how one of our workplace clients learned to manage his AD/HD through coaching, see the Client Success Story Senior Team Leader.
People with AD/HD often experience consequences for untreated AD/HD in the workplace. If AD/HD is not managed, it can result in serious workplace mistakes, not obtaining a promotion, and even loss of one’s job. We coach workplace clients who have serious issues managing their AD/HD, as well as workplace clients who manage their AD/HD fairly well, but want to go to the next level of success.
Coaching Entrepreneurs with AD/HD
The AD/HD brain is often more creative than the “average” brain! People with AD/HD are known for thinking outside of the box. In fact, Ed Hallowell, a medical doctor who specializes in AD/HD (and has AD/HD himself), says that 90% of entrepreneurs have AD/HD! We can believe it! The beauty of the AD/HD brain is that it often has great vision and the ability to hyper-focus on things of interest. Combine these two traits – and an entrepreneur is born! We have coached scientists, engineers, artists, designers, and others who have AD/HD. Our work with these clients is very rewarding because they are usually highly motivated to achieve at work and in life!
Coaching Other Adults with AD/HD
The bottom line is that we coach any adult with AD/HD who sincerely wants to change those behaviors that are not getting them where they want to go! We coach moms, dads, grandmothers, CEOs, and people who are struggling to keep a marriage together because of the adverse effects of AD/HD. Our AD/HD coaching services are for anyone who wants to learn and implement all kinds of neat strategies for managing their lives and moving the action forward! AD/HD is complex! Why go it alone? Hire an AD/HD coach!