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At Possibilities we offer a unique Coaching Service with a Teacher-Neuropsychologist Team to support academic success for students up to age 21. This service includes a needs overview and parent consultation component where current strengths, challenges, and concerns are reviewed by our Teacher-Neuropsychologist Team and discussed with you. Then coaching sessions are offered to your child by our Teacher, in consultation with our Neuropsychologist, to support school success. The coaching sessions focus largely on Executive Functioning skills, or EF for short, that help students regulate actions, thoughts, and emotions to support starting and completing all kinds of tasks. The perspective we offer is heavily informed by neuroscience—how the brain works and learns, especially in the context of ADHD and Learning Disabilities—so you can think of this service as very “brain-based.”
Here are some questions we are asked about this option, along with our responses.
This service offers you a Teacher and Neuropsychologist working together to support school success for your child or adolescent. There are 3 components to this service, with an optional add-on meeting if you feel you require it.
Neuropsychology is a highly specialized branch of psychology focused on brain development, structures, and functions, and how these factors contribute to challenges and successes over time. Neuropsychologists consider the brain science underlying conditions like ADHD and Learning Disabilities. They understand how the brain’s neuroplasticity—the capacity to change with specific interventions—can be leveraged to make meaningful gains. Neuropsychologists typically receive training in medical and rehabilitation settings, so they also know a great deal about how different conditions—like prematurity, head injury, epilepsy—can add further barriers to school success. So if your child has ADHD, a Learning Disability, or an additional condition affecting daily functioning and learning, then the Neuropsychologist will consult with you, and work with our Teacher, to offer suggestions based on brain science and the latest research on effective interventions.
In Coaching, the Teacher will work collaboratively with your child—in consultation with the Neuropsychologist—on skills important for school success, including Executive Functioning. These skills could include:
As your child works through coaching, the Teacher will meet with the Neuropsychologist to review progress and discuss helpful strategies going forward. Teacher consultation with the Neuropsychologist happens for a total of 30 minutes for every 6 sessions of coaching with your child.
Yes. Our team will work with you to support your own advocacy and the advocacy efforts of your child. If you feel that a meeting with the school is necessary, our Teacher can certainly reach out to the school on your behalf. Extended school meetings that go beyond what we offer as part of the coaching sessions or the Teacher-Neuropsychologist consultation session with you in this service—like attendance at an IEP meeting, for example—are offered at an added cost. We can certainly talk about options as needs arise, but our goal is to make you and your child collaborative, compassionate, and effective advocates on your own behalf. Sometimes you might need extra support speaking with teachers and administrators at the school. We understand that extra support might be needed at times, and we can discuss those possibilities with you, too.
Yes, it may be. This service involves a Psychologist in the initial Document Review and Consultation Session that happen collaboratively with the Teacher. The Psychologist also provides consultation with the Teacher once coaching sessions begin. This offering falls under our Psychology Intervention Services (as well as our Academic Services) since a Psychologist collaborates with an Ontario Certified Teacher in all components.
Please check with your insurance provider to see if this Psychology Service—combined with an education specialist—is covered.
Yes! The consultation meeting with the Teacher and Neuropsychologist, as well as the coaching services, are offered remotely through secure video sessions. Clients enjoy the convenience of this option, rather than traveling frequently to our Toronto office. Currently this service is available to clients in Ontario.
Recommendations will vary—but they are always made with the goal of helping your child. Many recommendations will relate to what is happening in coaching. For example, how can you extend strategies that are working in coaching to systems at home? Recommendations might also relate to larger questions. If the Neuropsychologist has concerns about possible diagnoses that can affect learning, like ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities, the team will suggest a comprehensive assessment, like a Signature Assessment, to get a more complete picture. If there are significant mental health challenges, like anxiety or depression, then focused psychotherapy with a Psychologist or Psychotherapist will be recommended. Evidence-based reading intervention, with programming like Rewire 4 Reading, will likely be suggested if your child is struggling to read and traditional tutoring isn’t working. Assistive Technology Coaching might also be recommended if your child could benefit from systems and technology to address challenges that obscure strengths and make work harder than it has to be.
The total cost for this service is $1797.50. This includes a comprehensive document review with the Teacher-Neuropsychologist team and the Consultation Session to share recommendations between the Teacher-Neuropsychologist team and the Parents. It also includes 6 coaching sessions with the teacher in consultation with the Neuropsychologist as your child works through each coaching block. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if any costs are covered for Psychology Services.
For more information about our Parent Consultation and Student Coaching with a Teacher-Neuropsychologist Team, please contact us at email@example.com or call 1-833-482-5558.
You can also get started right away by completing our Registration Form. Once this form is received, the Care Coordinator will book your appointment with our Teacher-Neuropsychologist Team for your consultation session. You will be asked to provide documents for review prior to your meeting. Coaching sessions are booked and reserved in 6-session blocks happening once a week, or once every 2 weeks.