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.
Homework Club is a structured program for students who struggle with executive functioning. The program is designed to support students in the independent application of executive functioning skill development. Under the watchful eye of an Academic Coach, Homework Club provides a supervised and supported opportunity for students to practice and reinforce lessons from their individual coaching sessions while working on completing academic assignments.
During Homework Club, students are prompted to complete their daily homework through progress checks, structured breaks, and technology monitoring. Additionally, students have access to ALDS study aids and supplies. Homework Coaches cross-reference your child’s school homework platform and are given instructions by your child’s Academic Coaches about tasks and checklists that support their executive functioning goals. This service is limited to no more than four students at a time so that the coach can provide individualized support as needed.
“My child has an Academic Coach, a quiet room and an organized desk to complete their homework, why should they attend homework club?”
Building executive functioning skills (EF) not only requires lessons and modeling, which is taught during Academic Coaching sessions but also practice and follow through. When learning a new skill, particularly executive functioning skills, repetition and routine is crucial. Homework Club offers students the opportunity to independently “exercise their EF” in a calm, distraction-free, and productive atmosphere with non-judgemental and targeted assistance.