Why Play and Art?
A child coaching conversation looks different from an adult conversation because children are not miniature adults. That’s because the conversation looks like we are playing and creating art.
Play and art child coaching speaks the language of children. Children use the language of play for self-expression. They play and communicate their thoughts, wants, needs, problems, obstacles, and goals. Children use play to set goals, solve problems, and create a positive vision.
I believe children are doing the very best they can all the time. When they learn the skills they need, they do better. They can and do grow and develop in the face of their problems.
Children develop confidence in themselves when conversation and play focus on their strengths. They have within them an inner drive to grow and solve problems.
I believe children are uniquely themselves. They have their own individual needs, difficulties, and goals
I believe all children require a safe place to grow. This includes boundaries, support, new skills, knowledge, and self-expression.
Why Coaching for Your Child?
Childhood is a constant state of growth. In their lives, children face challenges. Coaching can help them meet those obstacles, become more resilient, and thrive in the face of adversity. Coaching can help your child with life challenges such as:
- Family life
- Traumatic Experiences
- Emotional intelligence
- Sleeping problems
- Social skills
- Brothers & sisters
- Family life
- Positive thinking
Coaching Is NOT Therapy or Counseling
Psychotherapy and counseling are indicated for children with a diagnosable mental disorder. Coaching is helpful for children who are facing problems in living. All people face hurdles in life. Some of them have the support, encouragement, and skills to triumph over those obstacles. Others just need a little help. Coaching is not treatment. It is help. Coaching is a conversation. Child coaching is a discussion with an interested adult who listens with care, pays deep attention, and speaks the language of children.
My Child Coaching Qualifications
My qualifications to be your child’s life coach are many. Initially, I earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and have 15 years of experience working with children in public, private, and special schools. I taught children who had been given a variety of labels to express their school, learning and behavior problems
Later, I worked on my second Master’s Degree with World Class Child Therapist, Violet Oaklander, Ph.D. as my main teacher. She is the author of Windows to Our Children and a trainer for people who work as teachers, social workers, therapists, and coaches with children all over the world. I spent another few years in my own play and art experience with her working on my personal challenges. During that time, I learned the theory and experienced the actual practice of her methods. I spent another 15 years working as a child therapist in my California therapy practice.
I have gone back to school to become board certified in coaching (BCC) and now only take coaching clients. I believe in coaching as a method of helping children achieve their full potential, become resilience, and walk their unique and individual path to a full and rich life.
I Work via Skype.
You can download a free version of Skype on your computer or tablet. For child coaching, your computer is better.
Children under the age of 10 will need a parent Skype partner to interact in person. For a coaching conversation with your child, I require:
1. An initial visit with one or both parents where you let me know what you see as problematic for your child.
2. An initial appointment with your child and toys, books, or art materials you see them play with the most. Both appointments will give me a clearer picture of how to communicate with your child.
3. A commitment to purchase inexpensive toys, books, and/or art materials I can identify from our initial conversation. Label these toys coaching toys and put them away just for the coaching conversation.
4. I’ll need you to suggest times in the day when your child is most awake and available for Skyping with you and I.
5. Your willingness to play with your child as I suggest during the Skype appointment. This is important as you become the primary coach. That makes me secondary and encourages new communication skills between your and your child. It also builds resilience skills in both of you. You, the parent, develop your own child coaching skills. In this manner, you and your child create a relationship that works for both of you.
Contact me to arrange an appointment for you and your child.
Telephone: (615) 464-3791
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