This is the preferred method of coaching. The client and coach meet through a computer interface at a designated time each week. Phone coaching is also available when access to a computer is difficult. Virtual and phone coaching are offered in 45 and 30 minute sessions. Virtual coaching allows you to be coached in your home, workplace or even when away. Generally I start with 45 minute sessions, then move into 30 minutes of coaching once the client has become comfortable with the coaching format.
If in-person coaching is desired, I will work with you to set up a convenient time for this either in your home or elsewhere. You may also choose to do a combination of in-home and virtual coaching. For example, an in home session to guide a student with weak organizational skills get his/her binders & backpack together. In-home coaching is only offered at the 1 hour rate (actual coaching is 45 min.), which factors in travel time to and from the appointment. Unfortunately, in person coaching is only available for part of Western Fairfax and Eastern Loudoun counties.
Sometimes people aren't sure that they are right for coaching or coaching is right for them. For coaching to really work, you have to want to be coached and want to participate. I, therefore, offer a single coaching session for those who want to test the waters before jumping in with both feet. No Discovery session is performed before this session. I ask that the prospective client come to the session with 1 short term goal that they wish to be coached on. We focus entirely on that single goal or objective and an action plan is created. If the prospective client is comfortable with coaching and feels this was beneficial, then we perform the Discovery session so that all goals are identified before moving forward. This is a 45 minute session and only done virtually.
How a parent responds to weak executive functions can greatly influence a child's behavior and self esteem. During parent coaching sessions, we discuss how to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of the child. Building on these strengths, we develop strategies to deal with the weaknesses. From modifying the environment, accomplishing tasks, to providing incentives and teaching self advocacy, parents are given tools to use with their child and plenty of support. Parent coaching is highly recommended for parents with children that have not reached a maturity level that would enable them to be coached.
Due to conflicts of interest, both a child and parent can not be coached at the same time.
If you would like to schedule a short, no obligation meeting by phone or in-person, to learn more about coaching, call 571-306-2932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.