ADHD Coaching & Quotient Test: FAQs

FAQs about ADHD Coaching and the Quotient Test:


What is ADHD Coaching?

ADHD Coaching helps the client define life goals and effective strategies to accomplish them. ADHD Coaching is a partnership to bring out the client’s best by offering knowledge, skills and systems for getting things done.


What happens in a coaching session?

The ADHD coach learns what’s working and what’s not, what’s frustrating, and where progress can be made. In future sessions (usually weekly), coach and client work together to develop new strategies, try various techniques, and stay on track of goals and progress.


How does a coach help?

An ADHD coach is a life coach specializing in the unique challenges of ADHD. The ADHD coach helps the client answer the question, “How can I manage my life with ADHD?” An ADHD coach is a motivator, supporter, and instructor for the client who is committed to an accountability process of learning and action.


What age is appropriate for ADHD coaching?

Typically after the age of 14, the client has an understanding of goals and a desire to set goals. Under the age of 14, the ADHD coach works with the parent(s) to help support them in parenting the child with ADHD. You’re never too old to be coached.


How long do I need a coach?

The ADHD coach and client determine this together, based on the goals that you’ve set.


What is the difference between therapist and a coach?

A coach helps the client determine goals to find ways to cope with inattention, hyperactivity, distractibility, money management, time and organizational management.

A therapist or counselor diagnoses and treats any underlying issues causing additional problems along with ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, tics, sensory integration issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, marital and family conflict, and many more possible mental health issues.


Do I need to take the Quotient test?

The test is a necessary part of our assessment and diagnosis for ADHD. It will objectively determine a person’s ability to focus and concentrate. It gives a measurement every 30 seconds of how well you are attending; if you have ADHD, then your brain is struggling to self regulate, which can sometimes create impulsiveness and will always creates a significant distraction, which impairs our ability to focus and concentrate.


Why take a Quotient Test if my medication is working?

Do you know if your meds are giving you all the benefit you can get? Could you have even better focus or better working memory if your meds were increased? Perhaps a different med would help you even more? We want to ensure your meds are working optimally. We never want a person overdosed and we never want a person under-dosed.


Why do I need to take two Quotient tests?

The first time you take the test you are not on any medication for attention. This is called a baseline test. We want to have a baseline test which aids in our assessment and diagnosis of ADHD. If you decide to use medication, we will re-test while you are on the medication and then we can compare the difference between the two tests and determine if you are receiving optimal benefit from your meds.


Should I take a Quotient test every time I change medications?

Yes, we would recommend you test after going on a new medication. We follow the same protocol as with the first medication you take. We do not, however, test every time a person raises the dosage level; we wait till there are significant benefits, and then we re-test.


Why doesn’t every doctor know and use the Quotient test?

This specific computer test is still relatively new and is still being introduced to different parts of the United States. It has been out for several years. Dr. Neal started using the test in 2009.


If my doctor doesn’t know about this test, how will he or she be able to use it to prescribe mediation?

We work very closely with the doctors we refer to. Each doctor gets a copy of your test and we explain the results of the test. Dr. Neal also communicates the results directly with your doctor and gives his recommendation regarding medications. Dr. Neal is not a medication prescriber. He can only give a recommendation based on his experience of working with clients who take medications. The final decision will always between you and your medical prescriber.


Will my doctor approve of the quotient test?

We have always found that the doctors we refer to appreciate the information this test gives. They have found that the test results help them in knowing from an objective standpoint if they need to increase your medication dosage or change meds because your current medication is not optimally beneficial.


I already took a computer test for ADHD. Is that the same thing?

There are other different computer tests used in the assessment of ADHD. If you have already taken this same test, we would not retest for diagnosis. Sometimes even when a person has already taken a computer test we will still need to have them take the Quotient ADHD test because it gives the type of information we need in determining whether the medication they are taking is the correct dosage or even the right medication at all.


Will I be able to use the Quotient test to help set up or change my child’s 504, IEP?

Yes, the results are extremely helpful. The test helps to measure a child’s impairment with executive functions (focus and concentration) and/or self-regulation (behavioral and emotional impulsiveness and hyperactivity).


Why should I spend $330 on the Quotient test?

Medications are costly. Losing time in the classroom or at work is costly. The Quotient ADHD test can bring enormous savings if you can determine you have ADHD and can ensure you are on the correct medication and dosage. Most of the time your insurance company will cover this test. But remember that you may have a deductable that needs to be met first, or a coinsurance payment.

Contrary to the prevailing thought, most people with ADHD are actually under-dosed. Being on the optimal dosage can bring peace, order, and success much sooner than waiting weeks to see if your medication is working. Many psychiatrists only make a medication change every 4–6 weeks. Our Quotient ADHD system computer test provides instant information so we can make a medication recommendation to your medical prescriber.