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Coaching Services for Children and Families

 

When a child has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) or executive function issues,  life can get pretty complicated. Often, the child struggles in school.  It's difficult to establish routines at home. And parents  become frustrated with the downward spiral of distraction,  disorganization, and lack of motivation that always seem to get in the  way of academic success.


 Student Coaching: Its more than academics!  Attention Deficit Disorder and executive function challenges are  disruptive for children of all ages. 


If your child is in elementary  school, you might be concerned about his lack of focus during school or  her inability to sit still and follow instructions. If you're the parent  of a struggling teen, you may be concerned about the  progression from junior high to high school and possibly to college, as  maintaining success becomes increasingly more challenging. And, if your  child is attending college he may struggle with all of the adult  responsibilities he's faced with every day in addition to his studies.  


How to address each child's unique issues? I have found that  these students are overwhelmed by much more than academics. There's a  lot happening under the surface, from social issues to a lack of  self-awareness and motivation. My goal is help them get on track both  personally and academically as they gain confidence in their unique  areas of challenge. This approach also helps out with what's going on at  home with the rest of the family. 

Time for a Change

 I work with both parents and their children to create a positive,  forward-moving plan that encourages children to take charge of  their success, both academically and personally. Parents discover  effective ways to support their child through the process. This approach  helps parents become more proactive and less reactive. Both parent and  child feel more in control and experience positive results quickly. The  approach changes everything. 


  

Possible plans we might create include...

  • tackling personal organization issues such as procrastination, time management, and distractions
  • using effective study skills
  • becoming a self-advocate with adults and peers
  • becoming more self-aware and independent
  • setting realistic goals and taking action steps to achieve them

How It Works

   

Coaching Sessions


Our initial coaching appointment is a time when parent, child and I  identify the goals we'll work on first. We'll decide on the frequency of  our meetings, usually weekly. We'll talk about the child's successes  and struggles as well as strengths and the barriers that prevent  success.

We'll also discuss possible rewards and  incentives, which are especially important to motivate children with  ADHD and Executive Functioning challenges. Once we have identified some  incentives, we can start to put accountability measures in place to  support the child's new strategies and routines.  



Coaching Approach


My coaching approach does require parental involvement in a  supportive role, so coaching sessions for parents are expected and  included.  


Young Children 

When working with young children, I typically coach the parents each week, meeting with their child every few sessions.


Teens 

Since teens and older children are ready to start experiencing more  independence, I meet for several sessions with the child/teen, and every  few weeks I meet with the parent(s).

In both  cases the actual work to move forward is carried out by parent and child  between the coaching sessions. Parents are kept up-to-date on what's  going on with their child as we progress.

Because  coaching is an action-oriented process, it takes some time to create new  beliefs and follow new habits. Based on the process, I strongly  recommend coaching for a minimum of six months.


                        

 

Call me today for a Complimentary Consultation

to see if coaching is right for you and your child!

707.481.8135