ADHD Coaching an Emerging Tool for Patients

January 17, 2021
Kenny Walter

Kenny Walter is an editor with HCPLive. Prior to joining MJH Life Sciences in 2019, he worked as a digital reporter covering nanotechnology, life sciences, material science and more with R&D Magazine. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Temple University in 2008 and began his career as a local reporter for a chain of weekly newspapers based on the Jersey shore. When not working, he enjoys going to the beach and enjoying the shore in the summer and watching North Carolina Tar Heel basketball in the winter.

An ADHD coach can work on more goal-based plans for individuals with ADHD.

Coaching for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could be a game changer in supplementing the existing strategies of therapy and medication to further help this patient population.

In a poster presented during the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD) 2021 Annual Conference, a team of researchers presented data from a focus group looking at ADHD coaching as an emerging tool for both pediatric and adult patients with the disorder.

In an interview with HCPLive®, Elizabeth Ahmann, Research Director of the Springer Institute and Micah Saviet, Director of the Springer Institute, explained how the results of the focus group show what the role of ADHD might be moving forward.

The researchers believe the role of ADHD coaching ultimately is to work on personalized goal oriented plans with the individual and craft a way to achieve those goals. It ideally will be used in conjunction and coordination with the clinician and psychiatrists.

One of the aims of the focus group is to come up with guidelines for how ADHD coaches can best communicate with clients and better understand how to network with other professionals involved in the process.

However, the research team believes further research is needed to better explore interprofessional communication among other professionals.