In previous blog posts, we've been discussing how you know when you're done with your ADHD Coach or Life Coach. Adela Baker of Mind Coach NOLA has offered her checklist of skills the client has successfully acquired. She has also responded to the question, "What if I relapse? Can I come back to Mind Coach NOLA?"
For part three of this series, let's hear excerpts from an array of Mind Coach NOLA clients (high school students with ADHD, parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, and adults who wanted to refine their career goals) on how they knew they were done working with Adela as their ADHD Coach or Life Coach:
“Through working with Adela, I’ve developed a better concept of time, a more accurate awareness, so I’m not procrastinating anymore, especially on papers and projects. I’m using a planner, whereas before, I’d just have a list in my head that gets overwhelming, but now I put it in my planner with boxes to check off and it’s so rewarding. My best new skill is estimating how long things will take. I also use positive self talk, especially for homework and hard tests. I say to myself, “I’m capable. I’m prepared. I’m determined. I’m SUCCESSFUL!”
-G.P. in Metairie, LA
"Writing out a schedule and planning windows of time was a new skill I developed in my time with Adela. I’m now able to prioritize times accordingly. I went from planning the night before to more long term planning. I learned to do my schoolwork with a goal in mind, not just for completion. I learned to check PowerSchool more often to see what my status was., and this awareness encouraged me to see my teachers more and work towards a specific goal. Knowing my current grade got me to become proactive about seeking extra help and extra credit in order to reach my goal. I learned to email teachers to do extra work and raise my grade. I do extra work now because I want it and I’m taking an interest in my learning. I’m actually doing stuff for myself, not just to please my mom or my teacher!"
-C.N. in New Orleans, LA
"Adela and I have done numerous exercises that have taught me the best way to pause and think about what's going on before I make a choice, which can be extremely difficult for someone with ADHD. Our work together has helped improve my overall wellbeing dramatically and I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity."
-J.O. in Metairie, LA
"Adela helped our son understand how ADHD affects his brain and that it is not something he should feel bad or embarrassed about. Through weekly face time sessions, she helped him to create his own strategies to optimize his brain power, improve his organizational skills and create positive patterns of incremental improvements. Not only was he learning how to manage his own success, all of this hard work was being done while removing the evening conflict of us managing his homework."
-L.A. in New Orleans, LA
"Adela's approach to our work together was kind and encouraging but utilized gentle accountability methods that, gradually, resulted in my life feeling like the leaves that were once flying everywhere had just settled to the ground. I feel calmer and more present in both my work and personal life today. I also have a clearer sense of where I want to go in my career-- she helped me to align my decision-making to my own value system and my personal mission. Most significantly, though, I am kinder and more encouraging with myself which ultimately is so much more important than I thought it was. That shift has given me the resilience to keep moving forward through the brief moments of overwhelm that, in the past, would have stopped me in my tracks."
-F.W. in Lafayette, LA
"I want to express my true appreciation for what you did to help my daughter R. She has made a dramatic change from the time you began working with her until now. She has learned, and most importantly, adapted time management and organizational skills. She became more self motivated in the goals that she set both short term and long term. Not only did I see success academically, but also success within her personal life as well."
-B.E. in Metairie, LA
If you, or your child, would like to feel as happy and successful as these Mind Coach NOLA clients, reach out today! Through a little guidance, anyone can develop the skills that lead to feeling organized, accomplished, and in charge of creating your own success.