4 Areas of Concentration in ADHD Coaching
4 Areas of Concentration in ADHD Coaching with Yafa Luria
- School issues, including homework completion, creating an IEP or 504 Plan, or re-working the one you already have that the school isn’t following. (Did I say that out loud?) I can prep you to talk to teachers or school counselors or give you the lowdown on how to finesse a 504/IEP meeting. Sometimes even the most cooperative and understanding educators just don’t get the nuances of ADHD and will advise you from a standpoint that is contraindicated for your particular child.
- Executive Functions, like focus and motivation, goal-setting, time management, planning, follow-through, and the rest. One of the biggest ADHD challenges is with Executive Functions and these challenges can prevent super-smart children from expressing their capabilities to the fullest extent. I teach kids and parents how to strengthen these functions, how to make them habits and how to build them further as your children age and mature.
- Relationships and Communication. Very often, the challenge of parenting an ADHD child is related to cross-communication and crossed purposes. ADHD children may misinterpret body language and verbal communication. At the same time, they themselves may not be skilled at self-expression. They may be quiet or reluctant communicators. Or they may be brash and offensive. Relationships improve when both sides are communicating for connection rather than simply getting their point across.
- Emotional Regulation. ADHD often presents as a roller coaster of mixed emotions. While there may be something else going on in addition to ADHD, sorting through the emotions and then choosing the correct response can be a huge challenge – for both you and your children! Further, your child may not yet have the skills to respond at an age-appropriate level. Once your child feels more secure in themselves, the body and brain calm down, and “response-ability” replaces the tantrums and defiance.