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#1 Chapvane

Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:11 PM

Has anyone had an ADHD coach for their child/teen ?

#2 QuirkyMum

Posted 14 January 2020 - 03:39 PM

Adult psychiatrist (specialising in ADHD) gave me a couple of names.
Some coaches are trained psychologists, some aren't. I've heard of one who used to be a high school teacher and is really good with organisation of day to day life, school subjects choice advice, study strategies and checking on you regularly etc etc
I assumed you'd need them(ADHD coaches) for high school transitioning and for organising high school life...
We haven't used such services yet but probably will soon. Two years till high school still...
Pm me for names (Sydney based and I think Skype was mentioned as well).

OP, if you can, could you please share reasoning why you are thinking about using services of ADHD coaches?
Is your child in high school? Has school indicated child needs help?

#3 Chapvane

Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:13 PM

Thanks for your reply QuirkyMum.
My DS is 13 & has ADHD( diagnosed 4 yrs ago)
He is going into yr8 this year.
He is unmedicated after years of issues with medications.
He was also diagnosed borderline for ASD 2 years ago.
I now question this and think he really is on the spectrum.
He also has OCD traits that have escalated as puberty has begun.

We have tried several psychologists & developmental peads over the years.
No one really has been able to help my son.
He is lost in a government school system that cannot meet his needs!
For the last 6 months of yr 7 he had many issues at school related to his ADHD & I believe ASD.
I am looking for whatever I can to help him and heard ADHD coaches may be some help but I don’t know anyone who has tried this approach.
I am in Melbourne.

#4 JoanJett

Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:40 PM

We have been thinking about it for high school (our son is currently 11)  to help with building independence, time management, organisation across multiple subjects/different teachers and because I need to step out of the "frontal lobe" role over time and let him be in charge.  

I've been to quite a few seminars where they've been involved in panel discussions and presented talks.

The critical thing is finding a "good" coach and the "right" coach, particularly one who specialises in ADHD.  There are coaches who work with the parents separately as well.  

If Victoria doesn't have its own ADHD association that has associated accredited coaches, the Professional Association of ADHD Coaches (PAAC)  (www.paaccoaches.org) is one international registration/credentialling body.  ADHD WA has a number of accredited coaches and they definitely do Skype sessions (not sure re interstate but worth a try:  check out www.adhdwa.org)

The other option to additionally consider is Adolescent Psychiatrist for reassessment/"rediagnosis" and alternatives to previous meds trialled (though understand if you're reluctant with past issues).  

Good luck.

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