How do I know coaching will help? How long will it take?
Sarah is committed to helping your child and family grow. She facilitates growth and hope, in equal proportion. Your child will likely start with increased self-awareness and an enthusiasm to try new strategies or challenges Sarah shares. You may notice a new sense of self-efficacy and pride developing in your child as he or she uses strategies to make life a little smoother.
Change, however, can be slow and bumpy. And, true, lasting change requires everyone’s commitment. Your child may need reminders and incentives at first, and that’s ok. Success is addictive; once a kid realizes her potential to self-improve, look out! She’ll be on fire (in a good way!)
Typically, we see students engage with coaching within the first two sessions, trying strategies within three sessions. Independent mastery of strategies can take six to twelve weeks, on average, and that’s totally ok! Think about when you learned to drive. It probably took several weeks to feel even “decent” at it and a few months (or years) to be proficient. You never quit trying because change is slow, and neither will we. There will be improvements along the way to celebrate, for sure!
“I was so pleasantly surprised at how effective the strategies were. Our house is already so much more calm. I’m learning to understand my daughter’s brain, and it’s pretty cool!”A. B., Parent of child with autism, Tennessee
When and how do we meet?
Sessions are held online, through Zoom or Meets, whichever you prefer. (Sarah can teach you how to use the platforms, if you’re worried!) Coaching with your child or young adult is scheduled after school or on Sundays, weekly, for 30-60 minutes. Parents and Sarah meet biweekly to problem-solve and learn parent-child coaching strategies.
Packages for 6 or 8+ weeks are available.
“Time with Sarah is like time with an older sister who knows lots of school tricks.”E. P. 11th grade student in Northern California
What’s included with a coaching package?
- Individual lessons and activities designed to support the goals you and your child share.
- Coaching includes text and email support throughout the week, as needed.
- Sarah can also collaborate with your child’s school, as needed. She can help guide you through the 504 and IEP process.
- Sarah’s always available to answer whatever you wonder about coaching, ADHD, autism, or executive functioning. It’s her dream job to help families like yours!
How much of a commitment is coaching?
Families can expect to spend 30-90 minutes a day using and learning strategies, often within the context of things already planned, like homework and chores (it will feel like extra help, not one more thing to do).
Much of the work is in your thinking and interacting; it’s leaning on our brain’s amazing ability to watch itself in action, which we call metacognition (thinking about thinking!)
“Sarah taught me how to better show up for my kids, enjoy my time with them, and not stress so much about what they struggled with. She really has hundreds of strategies up her sleeves and is ready to help us reframe our perspectives to see and celebrate how our kids grew.”D. D., Parent of two children with ADHD, Illinois
What do sessions usually look like?
Sarah will begin the coaching process by allowing your child to pick the context in which to work on the first set of skills. Learning to organize? Your child gets to choose the space or system she’d like to tackle first! Doing so helps secure your child’s interest and buy-in. There’s no more “just follow the directions” or “you should just do it.” Instead, Sarah coaches your child to develop the thinking pathways to perform the skills independently and with motivation.
Sessions typically include: catch up and reflections; problems-solutions; new learning; application and practice of new learning; follow up email to parents; bi-weekly parent meeting with Sarah.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, coaching is not covered by insurance plans. However, payment installments and credit cards are available. Additionally, grants to cover coaching are available. A few such grants are provided by the Flutie Foundation , BIANCA Access to Care, or UCP.org.
I still have questions
Reach out! We’re happy to help you explore how coaching can help your child and your family!