Behavioral coaching involves working closely with parents to teach the parents strategies they can use at home. This is a collaborative approach in which I listen to the goals and concerns of families, observe the behavior(s), and draft an plan with input from families. Initially, we meet regularly and I implement strategies. Gradually we transition the strategies to parents and care-givers and fade to as needed consultation. Some cases are quick and target general behaviors like increasing independence. 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. Weekly: For some children consistency is important and having a weekly routine is what works 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. Children who are developing strategies for sustaining attention and persevering through appropriate challenges often benefit from a half-hour of targeted work two or three times a week.
End of Summer Boost: Many students benefit from an review of skills before starting a new school year. It is often also helpful to create a routine a week or two before the school year starts to ease the adjustment into the structure of a classroom.
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.