FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is parent coaching?
Parent coaching is an effective, evidence-based approach that is supported by research. Coaching is typically short term and targets specific goals that are developed using a collaborative approach. Coaching can support you, the parent, by providing education, strategies, and tools to help your child thrive. In our parent program you can invite nannies, grandparents, or anyone who plays a pivotal role in your child’s life.
What does a coaching session look like?
Coaching sessions are conducted using a virtual platform. Tele-coaching allows us to connect no matter where you may live or work. We will meet for 45 minutes and focus on the goals we have developed. As your coach, I will listen, validate, support, and provide feedback to promote change. Our time together will allow for parent training, sharing of resources, and/or providing strategies to assist you in reaching your goal(s). At the end of each session, we will reflect on your achievements and define the next steps.
How often are sessions scheduled?
Typically, we meet monthly, but based on your needs, we can be flexible and meet more often. If you select a six-week coaching program, it must be completed within six months from the first session. Schedule your time via Calendly.
Do you provide individual speech therapy for my child?
Within the scope of the coaching sessions, individual speech therapy is not provided. Based on the goals we develop, I may do a child observation or practice a strategy with you and your child. Virtual speech therapy with a focus on social emotional learning may be available. If you are interested in these services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Is Social Thinking®?
Social Thinking is based on the innovative work of Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP. The social thinking framework teaches children and teens how to navigate their social world. Social competence encompasses the ability to developing social attentiveness, understanding the perspective of others, demonstrating social problem-solving, and much more. We want our children to be successful in school, at home, and throughout their lives.
How Is Social Thinking® Different From “Social Skills?”?
Social Thinking teaches the thought processes behind social interactions. Social Thinking focuses on the “why” behind social skills.
How Does Social Thinking® Relate To Academics?
Students who demonstrate social challenges often exhibit difficulties in their academics as well. Typically they will show weaknesses in inferencing, perspective taking, interpretation of emotions, and critical thinking skills in both reading and written expression.
What is the PEERS® program?
(Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills ) is a social skills intervention developed at UCLA. In conjunction with Alliance Pediatrics we offer this evidence-based 14 week virtual program for middle and high school students with social challenges. The parent track provides support, strategies, and tools developed to help your teen. If you are interested, please complete our inquiry form, and we will reach out to you.
How do I pay for the services?
Payment for the coaching packages will be completed online using a credit or debit card. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please discuss with me.
What if I need to cancel my session?
We get it! Life happens, and the unexpected occurs. If you need to cancel, we request written notice at least 48 hours prior to your session to avoid any late fees. There will be no refund provided for a “no-show." Cancellation policies for VIP days and PEERs may differ and will be outlined in your agreement.
Do you take insurance?
We are an out of network provider with all insurance companies. For individual speech therapy, we are happy to provide a Superbill for families who wish to seek reimbursement. Families are responsible for obtaining a diagnosis code and any preauthorization required by their insurance carrier prior to initiating therapy. Payment for services will be made by the family directly to The Social Coach, LLC.
Coaching packages are not covered by insurance companies. However, it may be reimbursed through your flexible spending account or by LISS funding in Maryland. We suggest you check these resources for eligibility.