WHAT WE DO
ImprovAbility! provides One to One Coaching to increase Social Understanding for individuals who have difficulty:
• Reading social signals and body language,
• Setting and reaching social goals
• Accommodating changes in scheduling and environment
• Regulating their emotions.
We serve adults and teens with a variety of social learning needs. Many of our clients have a diagnosis Autism/Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, OCD, NVLD or a combination of these. We also have clients who do not have formal diagnoses but have encountered social communications gaps that prevent them from achieving their goals.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial information gathered from the client:
• Contact and consent form
• Service agreement (eight week Cycles) Plus deposit
• Social Questionnaire (Client’s Social Skills Baseline)
• Goals questionnaire (reflection/refinement of client’s goals using SMART model)
Sessions consist of:
• Goal review
• Week review
• Barriers/Obstacles triage
• Strategy and practice for the week
• Exercise or role play
• Wrap up and recap
• Confirm next meeting
At the end of each eight week cycle, the coach will submit a coaching summary with observations, recommendations and suggested next steps. Goals achievement is tracked in this document.
HOW WE WORK
Before our first meeting, an initial phone interview is set up to determine what the client’s needs are and confirm that Social Coaching is right for them.
Once that is established, a first Client Meeting takes place. At this meeting, client and coach together formulate the client’s Top Three Goals, discuss a plan of action, and map out a timeline to achieve each goal. This meeting lasts one and a half hours
Subsequent meetings are booked in blocks of eight and are one hour long. To be most effective, coaching sessions should be at least once a week.
Coaching can be done at a client’s site or ours. Ecologically valid assessment and practice is key to success. For this reason, where possible, coaches may visit a client’s place of work or school to observe and provide coaching based on observations of the client in that setting. Additionally, outings to public spaces such as malls, coffee shops, or libraries can provide wonderful opportunities for observation and coaching and may be set up depending on the client’s willingness to do so.