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Frequently Asked Questions About Coaching

Why is college so difficult for students with ADHD?
Success in college is dependent on a number of prerequisite skills that don't come naturally to individuals with ADHD. College students must develop the ability to juggle competing social an academic demands and to independently form daily routines for waking up, bedtime, eating, studying, doing laundry, and other chores. They must also have acquired the strategies needed to complete long-term papers and projects, to conquer the voluminous reading assignments, and to prepare for infrequent tests with little or no external structure from instructors.

Quinn, P., Ratey, N., & Maitland, T. (2000). Coaching college students with ADHD. (p.5). Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books.
What is coaching?
Coaching involves a working relationship that promotes growth and independence by helping you overcome the performance and self-management deficits caused by ADHD.


  • Facilitates skill development to help you achieve special goals
  • Provides support, structure and feedback
  • Involves accountability
How does coaching work?
The coach uses questions as the primary mode of communication. This empowers you and reinforces the belief that you have the knowledge to solve your own problems or to find the available resources when you may lack the skills or strategies required for a particular situation.

The coaches use questions to:

  • Prompt short-term planning
  • Facilitate prioritizing
  • Facilitate follow through
  • Promote self-observation and learning
How is coaching helpful?

Coaching promotes growth and independence. Coaching helps you develop skills and strategies that allow you to compensate for areas of brain functioning that are affected by ADHD.

Coaching helps you develop external structures through the use of:

  • The coaching relationship
  • Significant others
  • Tools for time management

Coaching helps you develop internal structures, such as:

  • Self-observation
  • Self-monitoring
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Positive self-talk

Coaching will address practical matters:

  • Daily living skills
  • Academic skills
  • Social skills
  • Personal skills
In what ways will participation in group coaching be helpful?
There is power in shared experience of having been diagnosed with ADHD. There is power in the interaction between coaches and the members of the group. The group setting allows you a comfortable setting in which to discover more about ADHD and how it impacts your life.
What can I expect and what is expected of me?
This group experience will bring together like-minded individuals with similar life experiences and challenges. The coaches will ensure that the group starts and ends on time, and will help to keep a focused discussion going with the aim of addressing the group members' concerns. You can expect a safe and confidential environment where you can openly discuss your personal experiences that may be getting in the way of your academic, social, and personal successes.
How can I get the most out of the coaching group?
  • The more willing you are to participate and commit to the group, the more likely it is that you will benefit from it.
  • Being as genuine as you can be will allow others to help you more directly.
  • Think about what you would like to address in group and work actively towards change.
  • Give others feedback. This allows you to share insights and help others be accountable.
  • Become actively involved and share your difficulties and challenges with the group. It takes some courage to disclose, but once you do, you will see how helpful everyone can be.
How do I get more information about the coaching group?
For additional information regarding the Solutions Group for students diagnosed with ADHD or to schedule a required group orientation please contact Don Werden at (765) 494-6995.