Book Excerpt: Developing Confidence

The fourth piece of motivating young people with ADHD has to do with building their confidence level. Remember that young people with ADHD have often experienced a lifetime of feeling like they are letting others down. On the flip side, many of them have never experienced the kind of rewards, successes, or reinforcements for their efforts that would help them develop a positive belief in their ability to accomplish what they set out to do. As a result, you may find that the young person is skeptical when he or she first sets out to follow the action plan created in collaboration with the coach. This is because the young person is basing expectations on past experiences rather than on the fact that the young person is now doing something different: namely, following a step-by-step guide to action with a coach’s continual support.