We would love to learn more about your skills needs and discuss how we can help!
How do you measure student progress or growth?
Following an initial assessment, the first session with a client involves reviewing their Strengths and Growth Areas (GAs) and deciding which GAs we want to focus skills coaching on. As we set goals and determine obstacles, we come up with a plan to navigate these obstacles and define how we will measure progress in each area. For example, a student who is struggling to turn assignments in on time and averages 2 late assignments per week may set their progress measurement as 1 or less missing assignments per week.
How long will your services and sessions last for?
The length of services varies depending on each individual, how much support they need, and whether skills coaching is a good long-term fit for them. We've worked with individuals for time periods ranging from 2 months to 3 years. We are always striving to help students become more autonomous and skilled at holding themselves accountable to their goals. While we're here for guidance, our aim is ultimately to give the power back to the young person so that they know how to navigate for themselves.
How involved are parents / guardians?
Parents and guardians are always present for the initial assessment so that we can gain a well-rounded perspective of the young person's current habits and behaviors. From there, our sessions begin with one-on-one work with the child. Towards the latter part of each session, we reconvene with guardians to share what we covered and obtain parent feedback.
How involved are you in my child’s academic life?
This depends. If we're working on skills that are related to academics, such as time management, we can be very involved in the student's weekly academic calendar as we help them build the strategies and structures they need to be on top of their assignments. For our students who need 504 accommodations or updated accommodations, we can act as an additional advocate for their needs. In addition, we frequently help students self-advocate by contacting teachers and counselors when they have questions or need to make-up work.
What happens in one of your sessions?
Though each of our sessions is unique to the individual we're working with, all sessions follow a similar structure that incorporates one-on-one discussion of the targeted skills, activities that further understanding, and practice for the week that gives students the opportunity to build skills in their daily lives.
Are parents / guardians present during student sessions?
For clients under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will be present during the initial evaluation and for a portion of the first student session. The presence of a guardian allows us to gain a holistic perspective on the needs of each client and establish a foundation for family partnership and encouragement. Parents or guardians are frequently updated on what skills their child is working to strengthen and how they can assist in supporting that development.
What if I can't afford your services?
If the price of our services seems overwhelming, let's chat. Before you say "I can't make this work," send us a message and we will do our best to fit your needs. We truly want to make our services accessible to all families and all budgets.