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Feb 2021 Update: So Much Yes!

I started my ADHD coaching program.

I knew I was in the right place when the first topic was which fidget toys to consider using while in these classes. Then we discussed how to process the texts, with extra book recommendations for those who hyperfocus on reading, and shorter summaries and tables for those who struggle to sustain reading attention. They added that if we needed to move around in order to pay attention to the lectures, we were welcome to turn off our webcams at any time. Nearly everyone’s faces showed relief.

I started working with clients.

This was honestly a surprise, but a welcome one. I work with an experienced coach for guidance, and he’s been encouraging me to start accepting clients for a while now. I felt conflicted about this because it’s so important to me that I have sufficient training for this responsibility. He got me up to speed on frameworks, boundaries, and strategies, and worked with me on a plan for effective coaching that uses the skills and experience I already have. Under his guidance, I became comfortable with a plan for working with early clients, understanding that my toolkit would expand throughout my certification program. We agreed that I was ready, but since I didn’t have any marketing plans yet, I really didn’t expect to see anyone for a while.

I launched Queer ADHD.

This, too, was a total surprise. I thought I would be choosing a business name based on an abstract metaphor. In fact, I even fell in love with one: Shiny Puzzle. I love the optimism, the curiosity, the energy, and the playfulness that I felt from that name. But when I checked in with others about how well it would resonate, I learned a very important fact. In the autism community, puzzles have a complicated meaning. The puzzle piece has been a metaphorical reference to autism treatment since the early 60s and is now a loaded symbol in the fight for autism acceptance. I was advised that the metaphor may be fine for ADHD, but for those in the autism community, it could have painful associations. Because of the significant overlap between the two communities, I didn’t want to go near that button. We ruled the name out.

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Sarah Dopp

She/her. Queer person with ADHD who is obsessed with systems, tools, and online community. Find me at sarahdopp.com