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3 Life-Changing Benefits of Life Coaching for Neurodivergents

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Getting in shape, a job, or apartment can be difficult. For someone who identifies as Neurodivergent it can feel impossible. The things in life that most people see as mundane tasks: budgeting, daily planning, managing a calendar are the tasks that can prevent huge challenges to a neurodivergent person who sees writing a symphony, painting a ten-foot mural, or creating a new software program as simple.

Coaching for Neurodivergents

The fact is that although individuals with autism possess unique strengths and abilities, they often struggle with some tasks that come naturally to most neurotypical individuals.


Often times, I have witnessed firsthand how coaching can be life-changing for individuals with autism. Life coaching is basically a partnership - between client and coach - to unlock an individual's potential and to achieve specific personal or professional goals. The coaching process is tailored to meet one's unique needs and abilities, and it focuses on client strengths while minimizing their weaknesses. In creating certain breakthroughs for one's life, it can be a real game-changer.


One area where life coaching can be beneficial for individuals with autism is in their job search. The job search process can be overwhelming for anyone, but for individuals with autism, it can be especially challenging. Life coaching can help by offering tailored support and guidance throughout the process. For example, a coach can help an individual with autism identify their specific strengths and interests and explore potential job options that suit them. The coach can help the individual hone their job search skills, such as how to create an effective resume and cover letter, how to search for jobs online, and how to prepare for an interview. The coach can also help the individual build their confidence and self-esteem, which can be crucial during the job search process.

In addition to job searches, life coaching can assist individuals with autism in managing their lives. Individuals with autism often struggle with executive function skills, such as planning, organizing, and prioritizing tasks. Life coaching can help by teaching these skills in a structured and supportive environment. For example, a coach can help an individual develop time management skills by creating a schedule and breaking down tasks into manageable chunks. They can also assist with building a routine, which can be essential for individuals with autism who thrive on structure and predictability. A life coach can also help develop certain problem-solving skills, such as how to handle unexpected scenarios, nuanced relationships, and solve more complex life challenges.


Life skills is an umbrella term that can mean many things but specifically for those individuals with autism, a life coach can help a client manage their daily lives more effectively. Helping to develop skills, such as budgeting, cooking, and cleaning, which can enable individuals with autism to live more independently. However, those "soft skills" such as, how to communicate effectively, make friends, and engage in social activities are just as vital to one's life. Social deficits are a hallmark feature of autism, but with the right coaching and support, individuals with autism can learn how to navigate social situations and develop meaningful relationships.


Finally, life coaching can help individuals with autism build networks. Individuals with autism can often struggle in social situations and may find it challenging to make meaningful connections. Life coaching can assist by offering opportunities to build social networks, practice social skills in a safe environment, and provide a space for an individual with autism, as they strive to meet new people, build relationships, and practice their social skills in a safe and supportive environment.

As a life coach, I have seen firsthand how this work can be transformative for individuals with autism and I am honored to work with neurodivergent individuals to support them in achieving their goals and aspirations. If you would like to see what life coaching might provide in your life, please contact me at: alan@teachthespectrum.com

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