Academic Coaching
& Tutoring

 

What is Academic Coaching?

Academic Coaching is an essential intervention that targets executive functioning (EF) in children, adolescents, and young adults. Executive functioning skills, developmental in nature, impact the consistent performance of an individual related to key areas such as attention, organization, time management, self-initiation, motivation, and behavioral and emotional regulation.  Research shows that successful students have well-developed executive functioning skills.

When and Where Do Sessions Take Place?

Academic coaching and tutoring sessions usually take place in the student’s home, although we can also meet students at other locations such as the local library or at their school.  Academic coaching is most effective when sessions are held two or more times a week as it allows for consistency in skill development.

Who Are Our Academic Coaches?

Our Academic Coaches are well-educated, many with advanced degrees. They all have previous experience in working with children in varying capacities and environments. Our coaches are bright and enthusiastic professionals who are excited about helping students develop their executive functioning skills.

 

All coaches are mentored by either Dr. Muirhead or Dr. Deane, who have over 12 years of experience assessing and treating EF deficits.  Status meetings are held on a weekly basis during which time each individual student is discussed, current progress is assessed, and strategies are identified to further enhance skill development.

Why Would A Student Need Academic Coaching?

Students with the following concerns could benefit from coaching:

 

  • Student does not know how to start a task and spends time “circling the airport.”

  • Student has trouble staying focused or filtering out distractions while working.

  • Student takes an excessive amount of time to complete homework.

  • Student does not know how to study or studies ineffectively.

  • Student needs parents to be heavily involved in homework.

  • Student often forgets or misplaces his/her homework.

  • Student dislikes school or resists attending.

  • Student often leaves work to the last minute.

  • Student struggles in school despite having a strong ability to learn.

  • Student and parents often get into power struggles over academic tasks.

  • Student is not truthful about assignments, grades, or upcoming deadlines.

 

If any of these sounds like you or your student, then coaching should be considered.

 

Virtual Academic Coaching

Virtual Academic Coaching (VAC) is as it sounds; we have taken our in-home Academic Coaching approach and applied it to the virtual domain.  This allows our coaches to more easily accommodate each student’s schedule without compromising the individualized approach. Sessions involve one hour, face-to-face virtual sessions held one or more times a week.  In addition to the virtual session, coaches carefully track a student’s progress throughout the week via phone calls, emails, or access to student’s online calendars and documents. Through the use of technology, the coaches are able to oversee calendar management, help break down and set deadlines to complete large tasks, and have direct access to the student’s assignments through document and screen sharing options.  At the start of coaching, goals are established for the student, and a tailored approach is designed to facilitate executive functioning skill development. Coaches work closely with licensed psychologists to ensure that each student is progressing towards their full potential.

If Academic Coaching, in-home or virtual, seems right for your student, please use the link below to schedule a free phone consultation with Dr. Muirhead or Dr. Deane.  During this call, we will discuss your student’s unique needs, identify initial goals for coaching, and review the structure of sessions and fee schedule.

Coaching/Tutoring Next Steps

 

Educational Therapy

What is Educational Therapy?

Educational therapy (ET) is specialized "tutoring" (academic remediation) and skill development training for individuals with learning differences. Specifically, an educational therapist works with children and adults diagnosed with, but not limited to, AD/HD, executive functioning deficits, ASD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, giftedness, mood, and anxiety disorders, as well as language, visual, and auditory-based processing and developmental disorders. ET sessions typically focus on academic instruction, remediation, and executive functioning skill development. Additionally, sessions address overcoming cognitive "blocks" and difficulties associated with accessing educational content.

When and Where Do Sessions Take Place?

Educational therapy sessions can take place virtually, in our office, or in the student's home. ET is most effective when sessions are held two or more times a week as it allows for consistency in skill development.

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Who are Educational Therapists?

An educational therapist is a trained specialist with an advanced degree. They design individualized curricula and lessons geared toward remediating academic concepts and building appropriate habits and behaviors needed for school, work, and managing life responsibilities.

What is the Difference Between a Tutor and an Educational Therapist?

A tutor works exclusively on re-teaching a specific academic subject or topic for the neurotypical student. In contrast, an educational therapist will examine an individual globally to address their academic and executive functioning weaknesses. An educational therapist will create strategies and lessons to address challenges preventing academic skill mastery. Additionally, they will work with other specialists, parents, and schools to provide insight and direction for academic instruction, expectations, and accommodations.

What is the Difference Between an ALDS Academic Coach and an Educational Therapist?

An educational therapist provides the same services as an academic coach but is for students who require targeted academic remediation and struggle with extreme academic-driven emotional triggers. An educational therapist may be appropriate for individuals who need more diversified, nuanced, and specialized support than an academic coach can provide.

What is the Difference Between a Family or Psychotherapist and an Educational Therapist?

A therapist provides social-emotional support, advice, and strategies for neurotypical and non-neurotypical individuals. Specifically, services focus on supporting individuals in developing cognitive skills that build better self-awareness and behavioral regulation. An educational therapist addresses emotional dysregulation and social or behavioral difficulties caused exclusively by academic instruction, classwork, and homework. Discourse between an educational therapist and the client focuses on redirecting the individuals to engaging with their educational responsibilities and areas of need.

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Children and Adults with the Following Concerns Could Benefit from Educational Therapy:

  • The individual has struggled to make academic progress with tutors or academic coaches.

  • The individual struggles with memorization and conceptualizing:

    • math facts and fluency​

    • matching letter names to letter sounds

    • grammar and spelling rules

    • mathematical formulas

    • vocabulary terms and definitions

    • test-based memorization

  • The individual has difficulty mastering, recalling, and understanding foundational mathematical concepts despite help from tutors (up to Algebra I).

  • The individual needs to learn or improve reading skills such as decoding, phonological, and phonemic awareness.

  • The individual needs to learn or improve reading comprehension and annotation skills.

  • The individual has difficulties sustaining attention, motivation, and interest to complete academic tasks.

  • The individual needs to learn to improve their written expression, organization, and output skills (note: individuals needing assistance with handwriting and correct pencil grip should seek help from an occupational therapist).

  • An individual who struggles to combat perfectionist tendencies or anxiety causing hindrance to academic progress or self-advocating.

  • The individual is self-conscious about using accommodations at school or feels shame about taking medication for symptoms caused by executive functioning deficits.

  • The individual struggles to accept or appropriately understand their academic weaknesses and strengths.

If educational therapy sounds right for you or your child click the link below to request a free consultation