What Does a Typical Coaching Session Look Like for my Young Adult?
The format of the session is based on the individual needs of your young adult or teenager.
The sessions occur in the environment where the support is needed the most, some examples include:
- On a college campus
- In a classroom
- In social situations in the community
- At banks
- At local businesses or job fairs
- At home
Coaches work with their young adults in a creative, innovative, and enjoyable way. We have created specially designed interventions based on our years of experience with youth and families, as well as the most up-to-date research.
Below is the typical structure to a successful coaching session:
- The coach will meet up with your young adult review goals and discuss specific goals or tasks for that day.
- “In-the moment” instruction is provided--specifically skills are practiced in the environment in which the young adult needs to use the skill.
- The coach will provide instruction or interventions in the specific area of focus, model what the young adult needs to do, offer opportunities for guided practice, and then provide them with feedback about how they did.
- At the end of the session, coaches may assign follow up homework or projects until the next meeting.
- All sessions involve a great deal of positive reinforcement and allow the young adult to celebrate each step toward becoming more independent.
How many hours of coaching does my young adult or teen need?
This depends on your young adult’s individual needs and the goals the team has identified. Some young adults, who need some support and guidance, work with us 3 to 4 hours a week; while others with more intensive needs or goals, use our services for up to 25 hours weeks. In our experience, we have found we need at least 3 hours a week in order to see significant progress and thus require a minimum of 3 hours a week of coaching.
How do I know if my child is making progress?
In addition, to weekly reports on your child’s progress, you will be able to call the clinical coordinator for updates and discussion. More importantly, as we are always trying to improve and facilitate the young adult’s independence and communication skills, we will work with your young adult to communicate his/her progress to the team by email, text or phone call.
What are the benefits of sending my young adult to the social club?
The social club is specifically designed for those young adults who may need a little extra support in meeting and maintaining friends. They may have had negative social experiences in the past and may avoid interactions with others. When at the social club they will be able to connect with other young adults who have similar interests and who perhaps have had similar social experiences. However, this time they will have the support of our coaches. This support will allow the young adult to feel more comfortable socially and learn new skills to support future interactions.
What Does a Typical Coaching Session Look Like for Family/Parent Coaching?
As in the coaching sessions for young adults, parent coaching sessions will differ based on your goals and needs. Your family coach will spend some time with you, identifying your family’s needs. You will highlight your family strengths and work together to identify new ways to support your young adult in advancing toward a greater level of independence. Depending on your goals, the family coach may meet with you individually at first and perhaps bring in your young adult or other family members as the sessions progress.
The ultimate goal of our work together will be to create a partnership between you and your young adult, that supports your child in becoming more independent , while allowing you to have a more “adult relationship” with your child.
“Your program is exactly what my son needs. I greatly appreciate the help and guidance he gets from his coach”
- Robert, Parent of 22 year-old Client
“You are truly gifted at what you do – I hope you realize and understand the incredible impact you have on young people’s lives and us old folks too!”
- Sandra, Parent of 25 year-old Client
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- Melissa, Parent of 17 year-old Client
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- John, Parent of 27 year-old Client