What Is ADHD Coaching?
Solution Focused Support: Executive Functioning, Psychoeducation, Neuroscience, Self-Determination, Empowerment, Implementation Science, Cognitive Behavioral Practice, Emotional Intelligence, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Efficacy, Social Learning,Custom System & Strategy Development
What do you want more of in your life?
What do you want less of?
The word "Coach" can bring up unpleasant memories from high-school gym class.
But the word comes from "Carriage," and the first use of coach defined the job as:
"Someone who helps get you where you want to go."
Coaching is more than training. Coaching is also more than cheerleading. (But TBH, I do keep pom poms handy.) Coaching is about having someone help you figure it all out, get it together, make things easier, have more fun, see immediate improvements, and build a collaborative relationship with your neurodivergence.
There are a lot of coaches offering "training" rather than coaching. Training neurodivergent folks how to "use a planner" like neurotypicals do, is like training lefthanded person to use righthanded scissors.
Research has shown it's more effective, (and more enjoyeable) to design systems that work for the person, rather than adapt a person to a system.
I offer a variety of coaching resources to help you move past the obstacles in your life. I will help you identify your personal values, strengths, and abilities in support of your personal and professional goals. Contact me to see how I can help you develop different perspectives and achieve the outcomes you’re striving for.
ADHD can be frustrating and discouraging.
We work impossibly hard to function, with the wrong instruction manual for life, like fish trying to climb trees. Infinite planners, calendars, trying each new "perfect morning routine", "new cleaning hack" and app promising an organized life yield little to no improvement, and it's exhausting. Each time we feel a glimmer of hope that this one will be "the one" and each time we blame ourselves for abandoning it. The isolation of ADHD, often having only our own experience to compare things to, means we can't always distinguish the wrong tools from the right ones.
We're exceptional at triage, but progress to improve our daily life remains illusive.
ADHD'ers are neurologically, and experientially adaptable, creative and resilient. Considering all of the challenges, ADHD'ers have a lot to be proud of. Despite all of our obstacles, given the right support there isn't much we can't do. The ADHD mind has omnipotential, if we can become engaged, we can do anything. We merely have to learn how our unique brain actually works.
That is where coaching begins.
Wondering why the text changes colors?
It's an accommodation for ADHD & Dyslexia.
Does it help? Let me know!
Dylan Marie Alter (they) is a nonbinary ADHD coach, attorney, teacher, and consultant of Jewish and Choctaw descent. Dylan offers one on one ADHD coaching, group ADHD coaching, ADHD Ally coaching for friends, family & partners, as well as educational workshops and courses.
Dylan also facilitates and teaches restorative justice practices as a nontoxic harm-reduction strategy for community conflict and growth. In proud ADHD form, they've been an attorney, a professional chef, a college professor, and a farmer, in addition to many other vibrant life experiences. For more than two decades, they've led groups through discussions, workshops, and panels on gender and sexuality, including The Stonewall Reconciliation Project, Queer Table Talks and The Masculinity Toolbox. A common thread of their interest is in unearthing the ways in which laws and society, rather than our authentic nature, have narrowly defined many of our identities, and how queer theory & intersectionality can untangle those confusions.
A longtime student of Neuroscience, Psychology, Sociology, Queer Theory, and Anthropology (yes they're a huge nerd) they have studied ADHD in depth from a Pro-Neurodiversity perspective since 2019. Noticing the ADHD Support Community's neglectful exclusion of anyone who isn't the classic ADHD Poster Child, they decided to develop ADHD Support for everyone else, tailored for our unique alternative selves. They worked with ADHD Adults at Queer ADHD (queeradhd.com),. founded Neuroqueer.org and graduated from ADDCA, the premiere ADHD Coach Training Academy in 2022.
Hear their interview with ADHD Online's podcast "ADHD Refocused":