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Neurodiversity-Informed Coaching: What is it & why is it important?

  • 24 May 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


  • This option is open to ICF Toronto Members who have paid their annual Activity Fee
  • This option is for ICF Toronto Members who are choosing to pay-as-you-go


Neurodiversity-Informed Coaching: What is it & why is it important?

with Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC

With more than 40% of adults demonstrating symptoms of neurodiversity, according to the CDC in 2021, it is more essential than ever for all coaches to acquire a functional literacy about neurodiversity. This is not to suggest that we cross into the realm of therapy, but that we understand enough to be able to partner effectively with all clients, and be well-informed about whether and when to make referrals to specialized coaches or other helping professionals.

This session will discuss what neurodiversity-informed training for coaches might include, and make a case for why it should be considered a core competency for all coaches. It is not designed to train coaches to become specialists in supporting any particular aspect of neurodiversity. Instead, it will provide coaches with a general education to recognize, understand, and determine whether, when, and how to ethically provide coaching for neurodiverse clients. In this highly interactive session, participants will be invited to understand and explore neurodiversity through the lens of their own personal coaching examples.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify fundamental components, typical patterns, and signs of neurodiversity
  • Understand how client behaviours and follow-through may be impacted by neurodiversity
  • Consider how to partner with clients to explore the role that neurodiversity might be playing in their life and leadership
  • Explore whether and when to refer clients to other helping professionals
  • Discuss continued education in neurodiversity

About Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC

Elaine Taylor-Klaus, MCC, is first and foremost the mom in an ADHD ++ family of six and her complex kids are now successful young adults. Professionally, she is a Master Certified Coach, bringing a neurodiversity-informed coach-approach to her work as an internationally recognized speaker, author and educator. The co-founder of the first global coaching organization for parents and professionals of neurodiverse kids, ImpactParents.com, she is a trusted advisor to executives, parents, health care and education professionals, with a nuanced expertise supporting parents with 'very' complex teens and young adults. She and her business partner, Diane Dempster, PCC, have co-created a Certification Program to provide neurodiversity-informed training to coaches and related professionals. Elaine co-authored Parenting ADHD Now! in 2016 and published The Essential Guide to Raising Complex Kids with ADHD, Anxiety and More, in 2020, released in Spanish in 2023. For more information, visit ImpactParents.com/Toronto.

Continuing Coach Education (CCE) units for this event: TBC

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