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How Clean Language Approaches Benefit ADHD Coaches

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Clean Language practices offer valuable advantages for ADHD coaches by promoting precise and client-driven communication. Through the strategic use of clean questions, coaches encourage individuals with ADHD to articulate their thoughts and emotions authentically. This method helps coaches delve into the client’s perspective without imposing external interpretations, fostering a deeper understanding of the client’s unique experience. By maintaining a language devoid of assumptions, Clean Language aligns with the principles of ADHD coaching, emphasizing individualized, client-focused approaches. The technique enables coaches to uncover nuanced aspects of strengths and challenges, facilitating a more personalized and effective coaching journey.
Clean Language practices empower ADHD coaches to partner more strongly with their clients in discovering and creating individualised strategies to suit the unique cognitive patterns and needs of their ADHD.

ICF Core Competencies:

  1. **Demonstrates Ethical Practice:**
    – Clean Language practices align by promoting a non-directive approach, respecting the client’s perspective without imposing the coach’s judgments or assumptions.
  2. **Embodies a Coaching Mindset:**
    – Clean Language fosters an open and curious mindset by using questions that invite clients to explore their thoughts and feelings, contributing to a client-centered coaching approach.
  3. **Establishes and Maintains Agreements:**
    – Clean Language aligns as it allows clients to define their agenda and goals through their own language, establishing clear agreements collaboratively.
  4. **Cultivates Trust and Safety:**
    – Clean Language practices contribute to trust and safety by using neutral and non-judgmental language, creating an environment where clients feel free to express themselves without fear of criticism.
    Clean Language’s emphasis on using clients’ own words and avoiding assumptions fosters an environment where individuals with ADHD feel understood and respected.
  5. **Maintains Presence:**
    – Clean Language supports presence by emphasizing focused attention and staying attuned to the client’s language, promoting a style that is open, flexible, and grounded, fostering a deep connection during coaching sessions
  6. **Listens Actively:**
    – Clean Language aligns well with active listening as it focuses on the client’s language, allowing the coach to fully understand and support the client’s self-expression within their unique context.
    Clean Language emphasizes precise and non-leading questioning, enhancing the coach’s ability to listen actively and understand the client’s perspective deeply through focused attention on the client’s words.
  7. **Evokes Awareness:**
    – Clean Language is particularly effective in evoking awareness by using powerful open-ended, non-leading questions, metaphor, and analogy to facilitate client insight and learning.
    Clean Language helps coaches facilitate clients’ self-discovery, allowing them to gain insights into their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This promotes client awareness for sustained personal and professional growth.
  8. **Facilitates Client Growth:**
    – Clean Language practices support client growth by transforming insights into actionable steps, promoting autonomy as clients explore and articulate their own solutions and strategies.
    Clean Language helps coaches partner clients to tailor strategies that align with clients’ unique cognitive styles and preferences.
    Clean Language facilitates learning and results by encouraging clients to explore their thoughts and feelings, leading to insights and self-discovery.

Recording will only be available until 31 December 2024.


Brett Weggelaar, PCC

Passionate about helping others thrive, Brett specialises in coaching ADHD individuals of all backgrounds and ages. With an engineering background and 15 years in the oil and gas industry, he found his true calling in coaching after a career shift.

Holding an ICF Professional Certified Coach credential and mentoring aspiring coaches, he emphasizes an honest, open approach. He addresses ADHD as a unique brain wiring, focusing on strengths and navigating challenges. Specializing in ADHD Relationship, Executive/Career, and Student/Study Coaching, Brett is also studying ontological coaching.
Brett’s coaching approach centers on “Difference NOT Disability” and “Explanation NOT Excuse,” aiming for personal breakthroughs and growth.

Key Learning Takeaways

  1. The transformative potential of clean language with ADHD clients
  2. How to partner with clients more strongly and create more individualised strategies
  3. Uncovering nuanced aspects of strengths and challenges using clean language

ICF Members

$20 AUD

Non Members

$50 AUD

Event Date
Michele Toner

Continuing Coach Education Units

1.25 CCEU in Core Competencies
0.25 CCEU in Resource Development