Since the early 19th century ushered in the Industrial Revolution, we as a society have evolved from a one-size-fits-all way of doing things to a more highly customizable system of producing consumer goods. Now, humankind itself is finally starting to develop a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the diverse makeup of its people. More and more advocates are focusing on differences in ethnicity, sexuality, and gender. When it comes to neurodiversity, however, for the most part, many are still silent.
Last May, I was invited by the International Coaching Federation to participate in a panel about neurodiversity in coaching along with my long-time friend and industry colleague, Elaine Taylor-Klaus. Because the ADHD community has increasingly been advocating for life coaches that have specialized training in the area of neurodiversity, I jumped at the opportunity.
At this point, there’s no organization that oversees the training and certification of autism coaches, dyslexia coaches, ADHD coaches, etc., so it was an honor to be a part of this forward-thinking panel to bring awareness to the need for coaches trained in helping clients who are not neurotypical.
I am pleased to share the video with you so you, too, can develop a passion for promoting neurodiversity training in the life coaching world—the 40,000 life coaches that are certified by the International Coaching Federation. It has been a gift of fresh air to see public figures, such as Simone Biles, unashamedly reveal, and be accepted for, their personal struggles with mental health and other neurodiversity issues. The future is promising, knowing that with better education and more acknowledgment the stigma will continue to be reduced over time.
My hope is that after visiting this link you will agree that one-size-fits-all is not a phrase that should be used alongside life coaching—there are nuances to human beings. As they say, there are small differences between people, but those small differences can make a big difference. It’s good to see that more attention is being brought to the realm of coaching neurodiverse individuals.
As an ADHD coach in this business, I believe that neurodiversity awareness has been a long time coming, but we’re moving toward providing help to those different brains that make a big difference and can uniquely and irreplaceably impact society. https://youtu.be/942eNqwM4A4