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Imagine a young person interested in pursuing a specific career. How would that look and what type of work does that young person envision doing every day? Is he or she excited about pursuing that goal?  In our feature article this month, Jodi Sleeper-Triplett helps us look at some basic guidelines for coaching young people and points out that the coach is not the one who controls the coaching plan. Read her article to learn some of the questions in the coaching process that might help that young person explore options for the future. 

In October on Attention Talk Radio, we focused on ADHD Awareness Month and had the ADHD Dream Team as our guests.  If you didn't have a chance to catch them individually, you can find links to the shows in our Attention Talk Radio section of this newsletter.


Back in the late 1990s, experts looked at Dr. Ned Hallowell with disdain as he championed the notion of ADHD coaching. Today, it's an industry all its own. Do you see its value. What is your vision for its future. Get all the scoop in our interview, "Celebrating 20 Years of ADHD Coaching with Dr. Ned Hallowell."  


If stimulant medications are properly used under the care of a physician, they are not addictive, according to Dr. Anthony Rostain. Is this fact new to you? Did you believe stimulants were physically addictive? Listen as Dr. Rostain clarifies "Addiction and ADHD Stimulant Medication" in our interview with him.


Dr. Thomas E. Brown uses the context of erectile dysfunction as a way to understand ADHD. If you are not turned on, you're not aroused and you can't do your business. Setting aside the context of the metaphor, do you think it communicates the obvious? Check out what Dr. Brown has to say in our interview with him, titled "ADHD: Coping with Emotion Too Little or Too Much."


In our interview with Dr. Russell Barkley, we learn that many diagnosed with inattentive ADHD might have a separate condition called sluggish cognitive tempo/concentration deficit disorder (SCT/CDD). Is this new to you? Have you ever heard of it?  Listen to our interview and learn more:  "Inattentive ADHD or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo Clarified."


And don't miss our recent interviews on Attention Talk Video with Jackie Minniti, Melissa Orlov, Alan Brown, and Terry Matlen. You'll find the details in the Attention Talk Video section of this issue.

Now here's a tip.... Got ADHD? Struggle getting up? Then be sure to catch Jeff Copper's "on location" video, titled "ADHD Tips: Taking Your Medications."

Are you attending to the right thing? If you haven't done it yet, download our new a-Book (the "a" is for attention), "Identify YOUR Top Five Hurdles to Managing ADD/ADHD."  It has tips Jeff has learned from doing over 300 interviews with ADHD experts. Let your friends know about it, too! They can download it here:

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The Fundamentals of Coaching Young People - The Coach Does Not Control the Coaching Plan!
by Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC, 
Coaches work with young people to help them identify their own goals, dreams, and vision for the future. Counter to some parents' or even young clients' expectations, the coach does not control the coaching plan. Instead, the coach supports and monitors the success of the plan. Coaching is an inquiry-based process such that the coach doesn't decide the agenda or the action items. Whatever agenda emerges from the client's responses, the coach stands behind the client and that agenda.

Most often the coaching process begins with an initial two-hour intake session, which is similar to the intake session in adult coaching with the exception of parents being present. During the intake, the coach asks background questions to learn more about the client and offers powerful, open-ended questions to get to the heart of the client's values, goals, and desires. As the process unfolds, the coach and client create a personal coaching agreement, which contains the client's goal/s and lays out client-generated action steps for success.

Oftentimes, young clients want to focus on specific short-term goals during coaching (e.g., get a B in history or sign up for football tryouts). These goals may help the client to become more confident and develop the readiness for loftier, long-term goals that may not have seemed possible at the start of the coaching relationship. As the client progresses, he or she is likely to expand goals, achieve more success, get a feel for independent thinking, and develop a comfortable, trusting relationship with a coach.

As in coaching with adults, the young client sets the agenda for the coaching process, while the coach elicits information to clarify and identify the details of the client's agenda and the plan for how to reach the client's goals. Thus, when working with the young client, the coach is careful not to redirect the coaching toward an agenda that has been predetermined by the parents or one that the coach views as a better alternative for the client.

It is also up to the coach to listen carefully to questions, concerns, and feelings that might get in the way of the client's path toward the agreed-upon goals. For example, the client may set a goal to learn how to ski, only to find out that skiing is cost prohibitive at this time in his or her life. (Note that questions related to the feasibility of the clients' goals are posed during the coaching process.) The client chooses instead to put the goal of learning to ski on the back burner and to find a more affordable option (e.g., taking up tennis or running). In addition, the coach will listen for any hesitation that might be coming from the young client due to lack of skill or knowledge of how to go after the selected goal and then respond by encouraging the client to explore what it might take to increase skill or knowledge in order to accomplish the goal.

Imagine a young person interested in pursuing a career in graphic design. What might that career look like? What type of work does this particular young person envision doing each day? What excites the young person about the field of graphic design? How might he or she move forward toward this goal starting today? What might stop the young person from pursuing this goal? These are the kind of questions that the coaching process will help the young client consider while exploring options for the present and the future.

2013 Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, JST Coaching, LLC. All rights reserved.
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The idea of ADHD coaching was first mentioned in the book Driven to Distraction coauthored by Dr. Ned Hallowell published in 1994. In this edition of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Ned Hallowell and Master Certified Coach David Giwerc to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of this historic event. Dr. Hallowell talks about how the reference came about, what his vision was at the time, and what he thought the future might bring. We also talk with master certified coach David Giwerc on what ADHD coaching is today, how it has evolved, and what the future looks like. If you are part of the ADHD community, you won't want to miss this show!.

There are lots of questions, confusion, and demonization of ADHD stimulant medications in the context of addiction. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Anthony Rostain on the topic. He answers our questions on how addictive these drugs are or whether they are addictive at all. What should you be worried about? Are the medications physically addictive, or do people just get addicted because they rely on the drugs? All this and more in this episode. If you've got questions, and even education, this is a show you won't want to miss.
ADHD: Coping with Emotion Too Little or Too Much
Even though emotions are not a part of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD in the DSM-5, researchers agree that emotions are as much a part of ADHD as attention. In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we are interviewing clinical psychologist Dr. Thomas E. Brown around why those with ADHD struggle so much with emotions, the role emotions play in executive functioning, the impact of emotions on working memory, and how emotions impact the "Google" search function in our brain. We also ask him to specifically use the concept of erectile dysfunction as a metaphor to help understand the chemical dynamics of the brain. Dr. Brown is an ADHD thought leader. He is articulate and on point. The only reason to miss this show is if you are in crisis or someone in your family is giving birth! That's right. The content is that good!

Inattentive ADHD, or Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, Clarified
In this episode of Attention Talk Radio, we interview Dr. Russell Barkley around the research suggesting there is a new attentional disorder called sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT), also known as concentration deficit disorder (CDD). Dr. Barkley enlightens us on the disorder, how it differs from ADD, and how that many diagnosed with what DSM used to define as inattentive ADD might actually be SCT/CDD. This is important, as differences in diagnosis respond to very different treatments. If you have been diagnosed with inattentive ADHD or know somebody who is, this is interview could impact the treatment and support of the condition. 

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ADHD Tips: Taking Your Medications

It's one thing to be prescribed ADHD stimulant medications; it is another thing to remember to take them and manage the timing of taking them.  In this episode of Attention Talk Video, ADHD and attention coach Jeff Copper shares a few key insights that will help you in ways that might surprise you. If you want insights on taking meds, you don't want to miss this video. 



ADHD Calendaring: Tips for Parents to Help ADD Children 

In helping ADHD kids learn and manage calendaring, is it important to understand the role learning modalities play? Or the difference between the automatic brain and the executive functioning brain? Watch this interview with Jacki Minniti, retired teacher and author of "Project June Bug," as we discuss all this and more!
ADHD Calendaring: Tips for Parents to Help ADD Children
ADHD Divorce Rates
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and divorce -- what does the research say? Are couples more likely to get divorced where one or both partners have ADHD? In this edition of Attention Talk Video, we discuss the statistics with marriage counselor Melissa Orlov. Watch our interview. You might find some surprising answers.
ADHD Divorce Rates 

ADHD Tip: Focus on Starting, not Finishing ADD Crusher™ Alan Brown Zen hack: Focus on starting, not finishing. You can't finish if you don't start. It is about the process, not the outcome. Watch this interview as we discuss how to get past hard. 
ADHD Tip: Focus on Starting, not Finishing

ADHD Tip: Set Up a Messy Zone
Oh, the pressure for everything to be perfectly organized! ADHD expert and ADHD mother Terry Matlen solved the problem by setting up a messy zone in her home. Oh, the relief! By keeping the downstairs area neat and orderly, the upstairs was turned into a messy zone to bring peace and calm to her house. If you get stressed over the pressure to be perfect, check out our interview with Terry.

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