The SALT Center Adds Life, ADHD Coaching

Oct. 25, 2013

As the UA Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center (SALT) Center continues in its third decade of offering academic support services to students with learning and attention challenges, is it adding life and ADHD coaching.

Coaching is as a partnership with a student that increases self-awareness and encourages goal directed behaviors to maximize the student’s personal potential.

As additional fee-based services to college students and pre-college students, SALT Center coaching serves the whole student. This means the partnership between the coach and the student is designed around student’s needs, strengths and challenges. Although the SALT Center is a comprehensive academic support program, life and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) coaching are stand alone services designed to enhance student success.

And students anywhere can take advantage of the services.

"Today, students can be living and studying anywhere in the world to experience what is feels to be successful in school and in life," said Rudy Molina, SALT Center director.

Life Coaching

Life coaching activities include strategies for academic success, self-awareness and decision making skills, internal and external motivation, positive change and the value of natural consequences. This coaching track is designed for students who benefit from the support, structure and accountability coaches provide in this partnership.

ADHD Coaching

ADHD coaching activities include daily life management, focus strategies, organization, planning, and task initiation & completion. This coaching track focuses on the support, structure and accountability for students who have a history of attention challenges. ADHD coaching can assist students with ADHD, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and executive functioning disorders; however an official diagnosis is not required to utilize this service.

Positive psychology is the foundational framework of the coaching field. Coaches believe that each student is the expert and can and will develop as an individual. Coaching methods at the SALT Center are aligned with the competencies established by the International Coach Federation (2012) and the Institute for the Advancement of ADHD Coaching (2012).

"The SALT center model is based on the notion that every student has the potential to be successful," Molina said. "We believe that, and we help student believe that. Once we establish that belief, truly anything is possible."

More information about SALT Center coaching is available online.

To learn more about the center, read "The UA SALT Center, an International Model," at UANews.org.