Effective Communication with ADHD Clients between Coaching Sessions

The accountability factor in coaching is very important. We design our coaching partnerships with clients with the understanding that the clients will be held accountable for their actions.  Clients take action steps with the knowledge that the coach is holding them accountable while providing support when the client slips or falters. In theory the best way to effectively communicate with clients between coaching sessions is by e-mail, voice mail or text messaging.  My coaching model, detailed in Empowering Youth With ADHD, and used as the basis for the Edge Foundation research study with college students, stresses the need for clients to check in with their coaches on a regular basis.  I know this is valuable, helping clients build good habits and stay on track with their goals. With that said, it can be difficult to get clients to check in.  They may forget or, unless there is a “crisis”, not consider check-ins necessary.  Coaches and parents – be patient with the clients. And, clients, be patient with yourselves.  The frequency of check-ins for young clients tends to increase as the coaching connection strengthens.  Give it time and continue to send a text, a tweet, or an e-mail to maintain structure and accountability throughout the week.