Sunny Aldrich, Professional ADD Coach
I have been an Professional ADHD Coach for 2 years, am a life-long Alaskan and a mother of three children with AD/HD. I was diagnosed with Adult ADD at age 33, giving me first-hand knowledge of the struggles that adults with AD/HD face in their careers, relationships and families. I became a trained ADHD coach in order to learn how to use my own personal experiences to help other individuals with ADHD succeed. My coaching approach is based on the perspective that ADD is the product of a unique brain-style that comes with a powerful set of gifts that can be used to our advantage, in spite of the challenges they can cause.
Through the “educational” component of ADHD Coaching, my clients learn to view their past “failures” within the context of ADD: if someone with ADHD is continually late or forgetting to turn in homework, it doesn’t have to mean they are inconsiderate or irresponsible. It simply means that “standard” scheduling and organizational strategies don’t work with their brain style! Through the “discovery” component of coaching, clients explore their personal, educational or professional goals and create a clear plan of action for achieving those dreams. When a client recognizes an aspect of their ADHD that causes them negative consequences, we then work together to develop success strategies for those areas and reduce frustration for them as well the people who are most important in their lives.
ADHD Coaching is a profession and not just a label! It requires specific training, first as a coach and then in how to apply coaching techniques when working with individuals with ADHD in the same way that having a driver’s license and knowing how to drive doesn’t qualify someone to drive a bus full of passengers without acquiring additional skills and endorsements. To become an ADHD Coach I’ve had over 30 hours of coach training and another 30 hours specific to ADHD coaching. In order to apply for certification through accrediting organizations such as the IAAC, PAC or ICF, coaches are required to document all of their training as well as time spent practicing, working with a mentor coach and actively coaching clients. Many of the advanced coaching certifications require continuing education and periodic re-certification to ensure that coaches are improving their skills and offering the best possible services to clients.
By pursuing certification specific to ADHD Coaching I’m holding myself to standards set by the accrediting organizations for quality of training, ethical practices and minimum competencies. It’s a responsibility I take very seriously and I strongly encourage anyone who considers hiring a coach to request documentation of a candidate’s coach training and certification status. My application with the IAAC for the designation of ACCP (Affiliate Coach Credential in Progress) is currently pending approval and I anticipate applying for the ACAC designation early next year. I’m a professional member of the ADHD Coaches Organization, ADDA, and CHADD. I received my Training Certificate through ADD Insights ADHD Coach Training Program in 2009.
My test for whether or not you have ADD is to make you listen to me for 5 minutes. If you don’t get lost and you laugh at least once… you’re in!