Tremendously effective life and ADHD coaching practices have emerged over the past 25 years. Since then, researchers have engaged in the important work of studying the “how’s, why’s and what’s” of this approach to supporting clients’ success, well-being, and self-determination. As the story of coaching unfolds, scholars such as Elizabeth Ahmann and Micah Saviet are establishing it as an evidence-based practice that can be more deeply understood and replicated in a wider range of settings. Your dedication and skills in conducting this scholarship are just as important as your success in networking with the many groups and approaches that make up today’s coaching world. Congratulations on your pioneering and cohesive work!
– David R. Parker, Ph.D.
Postsecondary Disability Specialist, ADD&Life coach, researcher and author; CRG/Children’s Resource Group
You continue to make a significant contribution to the body of research on ADHD coaching. Without your expertise, analytical skills, and desire to uncover all relevant research on ADHD and wellness coaching, the ADHD coaching community would still be considered an insignificant intervention for individuals with ADHD. Thanks to you and your colleagues, we have a rich database of coaching research to support our important work and to aid those of us searching for solid data to drive our efforts for future research funding. Thank you for your many contributions to coaching. You provide important leadership in the field.
–Jodi Sleeper-Triplett, MCC, SCAC, BCC
Founder of JST Coaching & Training; widely respected expert in student coaching and ADHD student coaching
Elizabeth Ahmann, Micah Saviet and colleagues have made substantial contributions to the research literature on ADHD Coaching. Their quantitative and qualitative studies continue to advance the scholarship related to outcomes and key processes involved in coaching for this population. Ahmann & Saviet have a commitment to disseminating their work in various forums that demonstrates their leadership in both enhancing understanding of this emerging field and furthering evidence-based practice among coaches. Ahmann received the 2019 Research and Scholarship Award at Maryland University of Integrative Health for her contributions to the field.
–Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical and Academic Research & Professor Maryland University of integrative Health
The findings and discussion of your focus group study on between-session communication will help ADHD coaches understand further and articulate more effectively what is important about this communication. As the study findings illustrate, communication with clients between coaching sessions is more complicated than simply holding clients accountable for following through on their weekly goals. Between-session communication also helps provide rapport, a “safe space” for clients to grow within, and successive progress to greater client autonomy. I am particularly grateful to the authors of this study for aligning their findings with ICF competencies. The connection to core competencies will help me as I move forward to design more effective between-session communication with my clients. Most importantly, I think this study shows that the value of ADHD coaching is not just to be found during client-facing hours but, instead, is about access to the coach and the partnership between client and coach. Thank you for doing this vital work.
— Casey Dixon, M.S. ED.
Professional, Board & Senior Certified ADHD Coach