Coaching

A Coach is someone trained to help people who often struggle to stay organized and on top of things.


Coaches collaborate with students to create a learning/ brain-based profile that outlines individual strengths and challenges. A coach listens to what the students tell them about their perceptions of their learning, synthesize information gleaned from student records, and provide informal assessments that show current levels of functioning. The coach also takes into account the context of a student's life to find out what has or has not worked in the past. Information is gathered from the students' teachers, parents, and outside private professionals. School observation of students in their different classes and situations may also be invaluable in completing a student's learning profile.


ADHD or Executive Functioning Coaching

1. Identifying your specific strengths and weaknesses
2. Setting realistic goals
3. Learning to prioritize
4. Creating necessary structures to stay on track and meet deadlines
5. Utilizing strategies without giving up; becoming more resilient
6. Improving organizational and time management skills
7. Self-motivating by means of your "internal dialogue" and self-observation
8. Learning productive ways to handle details of your daily life
9. Improving personal habits, such as exercise and nutrition
10. Setting up a more efficient environment to meet your need


Parent Coaching

Parent Coaching is individualized to you and your family's needs. The following is an example of parent coaching:
1. Identify your parenting strengths and challenges
2. Identify your child's or children's strengths and challenges
3. Use this knowledge to create routines, structure and rewarding family time
4. Set realistic goals
5. Learn to prioritize
6. Learn to identify behaviors using Ross Greene's "basket approach"
7. Work collaboratively with your coach and family
8. Coaches can provide modeling and practice
9. Develop skills to reinforce and teach your child "life skills"
10. Set up a home environment that embraces your concept of "home and family"

Educational Coaching

Education Coaching is a service to assist students in learning how to reach their education potential. Study skills and tutoring services teach a set of instructional strategies or skills to improve specific subject areas or strategies for organization, such as using a planner. Students who work with a coach learn about their unique learning profile and learn skills/strategies that are best suited to how they learn. Students don't just learn the "what" of the skill; they learn "how" to apply and generalize the skill.


College Coaching and Planning

The road to college acceptance is filled with an array of paperwork, choices and opportunities. It is a time that can be both exciting and also extremely stressful. College Coaching reduces the anxiety of this process for students and parents alike. Using the student's learning profile, goals and interests, we work together to break down the application process into manageable steps, create time lines, research the wide variety of college requirements and monitor that the process is completed by expected deadlines. Coaches can work with students and their families at any time in the process.


Social Coaching

Social Coaching is for clients with challenges in social communication, which affects social interactions and communication. Clients may also have impaired executive functioning. Executive and social thinking coaching can be combined. Social Coaching includes, but is not limited to the following:


(Social Thinking, Michelle Garcia Winners, www.socialthinking.org)