Coach Training and Neurodiversity
When searching the terms “Coaching and Neuroscience” on Google, it is easy to find pages of coach training programs that include concepts of neuroscience to teach coaches how to work more effectively with clients. What I noticed was the lack of information on how to teach adult students who are neurodiverse, have learning difficulties or executive function challenges.
As a trainer who specializes in neurodiversity, I have skills and strategies at my fingertips to create and promote an educational environment that is equitable and inviting to all students regardless of learning challenges. Not all coach training organizations have easy access to that information or may not recognize issues when they arise. My faculty and staff are trained in neurodiversity as well, so that we can provide an equitable and inclusive learning experience for all of our students.
The challenge for many coach training organizations is that prospective students hesitate to disclose their learning disabilities, ADHD, and mental health issues. Many adults feel ashamed. They have been called “different” and “not normal” since childhood and may still be embarrassed, fearful and hesitant to share what gets in the way of their learning, and their coaching, to a cohort of strangers.
I invite you to be curious about neurodiversity and, if you have resources that would benefit other ACTO members, please share with us as we continue to gather research and resources for coach trainers.
Here are a few websites to help you get started.
• ADDitude Magazine
Please continue to stay safe and healthy during these challenging times.