Book Excerpt: Parents and Coaches in Partnership

Truth be told, young people don’t always want to listen to adults, especially their parents. They may listen to their friends, use the Internet as their main information resource, and sometimes make unwise choices out of inexperience or perhaps just to ruffle the feathers of the adults in their lives. Coaches can help young clients find ways to grow, explore, and express themselves in a manner that supports independence after first taking stock of the pros and cons of their choices. Coaches and caring adults have the opportunity to champion these young people and applaud the steps they take in moving forward with greater awareness of the world, their responsibilities, and their abilities. Parents and coaches need to work together and be a part of the adolescent or young adult’s learning process. It may take longer for young people with ADHD to learn new skills, increase self-awareness, and communicate effectively with others than it does for other young people, and it typically requires a greater commitment on everyone’s part. It can help to remember that the journey is a steady marathon and not a sprint. Sometimes parents think that the challenges are never going to end, but with coaching, there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. With possible therapy and/or medication, guidance, and support, parents, coaches, and other caregivers can make a difference in the life of a young person with ADHD.