Why ADHD coaching works: The feedback loop

Why does ADHD coaching work?

For individuals with ADHD, coaching is about starting to believe in your abilities again, starting to learn why you do what you do, and saying, “Hey brain, I’m in control here.” We here at Springboard Clinic know all this – we know ADHD that coaching works and we know that it works well. But what exactly are we doing cognitively in this process? How are we succeeding so well at changing behaviors and supporting clients to go one day at a time, one action at a time, to a new zone?

We recently came across an article that shows some insight into why ADHD coaching works. The article is not related specifically to ADHD coaching, but their explanation of a “feedback loop” resonates with the model, and it’s definitely worth a read.

Don’t feel like reading the whole thing? Check out this excerpt:

“A feedback loop involves four distinct stages…

First comes the data: A behavior must be measured, captured, and stored. This is the evidence stage…

Second, the information must be relayed to the individual, not in the raw-data form in which it was captured but in a context that makes it emotionally resonant. This is the relevance stage…

…But even compelling information is useless if we don’t know what to make of it, so we need a third stage: consequence. The information must illuminate one or more paths ahead…

…And finally, the fourth stage: action. There must be a clear moment when the individual can re-calibrate a behavior, make a choice, and act. Then that action is measured, and the feedback loop can run once more, every action stimulating new behaviors that inch us closer to our goals.

Sound a lot like coaching? Looks like they knew about this a long time ago.

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