ADHD Coaching For College Students
Semester-long, weekly coaching to provide training, support, and accountability to your student
Thank you for considering coaching for your college students. I think all students with ADHD could benefit from coaching in their transition to college. The three year social and emotional maturational delay and the freedom from a highly structured day can make the transition to college difficult. When colleges offer learning resource centers and free tutoring they are only as good as the student who initiates for the service. Having a coach gives your student the support of an adult trained in ADHD to provide training, support and accountability while honoring this important stage of individuation.
Students Who Benefit From Coaching Are:
- Smart but not yet academically consistent
- In denial about how the ADHD affects their lives
- Has difficulty asking for help or advocating for himself
- Is still “time blind”. Can lose hours at a time in an area of high interest (like Netflix or video games)
- Has not yet mastered life skill while participating in school
Students Who Do Not Benefit From Coaching Are:
- Those who are only engaging in coaching because their parent is making them
- Unwilling to be honest about who they are and how they are doing
- someone with a serious issue with substance abuse
Consistent Coaching Over Time Yields:
- more consistent academic performance
- the student becomes and expert at who they are with ADHD
- more consistent academic performance
- the student becomes an expert at who they are with ADHD
- they are able to communicate clearly and know when and who to ask for help
- show a willingness to find friends who love and accept them for who they are
- careful course selection with interest and ADHD in mind
Coaching is a semester-long commitment. The student will have either in person or zoom sessions of at least 30 minutes per week with another 10 – 15 minute check-in via text or calling another time in the week for accountability.
To provide training, support and accountability and to maintain client confidentiality with the student. I may at times encourage the student to disclose with a parent but will only contact a parent if I need to terminate the coaching due to the student not holding up their part of our agreement.
The student will not miss any sessions with the coach, even in the event they are sick they will still check in. They will provide the coach with their username and password to their grades and to their professor portals. They will create a shared calendar with the coach so we both have all of their syllabi and social obligations in one place.
Here is the hard one; the student will be completely honest with the coach about their class attendance, academic performance and how they are handling themselves with their social lives and their life management. They will never “be in trouble” with me but without honesty, we will not be able to have a successful coaching relationship. The college system is not set up for second chances.
The parent’s role is to step out of coaching your student and step solidly into loving, encouraging and accepting them. The parent can not bring up their academic performance every time they talk to them or provide reminders of what they should be doing. It’s hard enough to be honest with the coach and it’s too much pressure on the student if they are being coached in more than one place. Allow me to provide the training and accountability while you provide support and ENJOY your son or daughter.
What The Sessions Look Like:
- celebrate what went well in the last week
- check shared calendar, class attendance, motivation, and organization of time and materials
- laser coaching around challenges
- create customized strategy plan for the next week
- agree on day and time for brief accountability check in