Suzanne Leon, ADHD Coach
I’ve known since I was a child that I wanted to be a teacher. My parents bought me a blackboard and some chalk and I haven’t looked back. I became dually certified in regular and special education at the University of Maryland, College Park and earned a M.Ed. in the area of Learning Disabilities from the University of Virginia. In 2017, I became a Certified Professional Coach through IPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching which is accredited by the International Coach Federation.
Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really amazing students who have also been my teachers. Some of my favorite students have been those who struggled with ADD and ADHD. They were some bright, funny and creative kids who challenged their teachers and parents to expand their toolkits, so to speak, to create new ways of reaching and teaching them.
Now, I am using my experience as a teacher and a coach to offer a pathway for my clients to achieve their hopes and dreams in an environment that offers education, support, accountability and acceptance.
What is ADHD Coaching?
People often wonder how coaching differs from other types of services, namely therapy and consulting. Here is some information to help you decide if coaching will meet your specific needs:
People come to a coach when they feel stuck in a situation and wish to move forward. The operating belief behind coaching is that the client has the answers to whatever is holding them back. A coach requires the client to set the agenda and develop goals to work toward. The coach listens carefully and helps to empower the client to develop skills and strategies to move forward.
ADHD coaching couples life coaching skills with a background knowledge and understanding of Attention Deficit Disorder. The difference between life coaching and ADHD coaching is the amount of structure, support and accountability that is provided. Clients partner with the coach to set goals, design strategies for success and execute action steps.
Through the coaching relationship, clients gain greater awareness of their unique gifts and talents and add tools to their “toolbox” of strategies and supports. Staying accountable is also an important piece, and the coach and agree to check in between meetings to ensure the client’s progress.