Behavioral coaching involves educating parents and empowering them with strategies they can use at home. Behavioral coaching is a collaborative approach. I listen to the goals and concerns of families, observe the behavior(s), and work with families to draft a plan. Initially, I implement strategies and we meet regularly. Gradually, the parents and care-givers take over and I fade to as needed consultation. Some cases are quick and target general behaviors like increasing independence or respectfully following a direction. Others are more elaborate and address disruptive behaviors or multiple behaviors.
The best part about tutoring is that it is completely individualized to your child. Finding a tutor who connects and motivates your child is the most important consideration. My tutoring experience is primarily in the areas of math, writing and executive functioning. I typically work with students who have ADD/ADHD who are in 3rd to 6th grade. Weekly: For some children consistency is important and creating a weekly routine is best. For many children an hour is a productive amount of time. It allows time to focus on specific skills and also a skill-based game or quick break. Children who are developing strategies for sustaining attention and persevering through appropriate challenges often benefit from a half-hour of targeted work twice a week.
End of Summer Boost: Many students benefit from a review of skills before starting a new school year. Some families request I meet with their child in person or on Zoom. Others have me prepare review work and a daily schedule for the student to complete independently. Either way, it is helpful to create a routine a week or two before the school year starts to ease the adjustment back to school.
Conflict of interest Dr. Leonard is able to work with students who are not currently in the 3rd grade at her school. To avoid future conflict of interest. She does not work with students over the summer who will be entering the 3rd grade in the fall.