Based on recent studies Educational coaching has grown significantly and gained popularity in recent years. Educational coaching is an intervention by a trained coach that addresses the child’s or adult’s needs in the areas of academic, vocational, emotional, organizational, and interpersonal. Coaching programs within Solimar Coaching ™ are often likely to involve the parents of children and adolescents to better understand, cope with, and support the challenges of the person. Specific strategies and concrete tools from the Power Traits For Life ™ assessment will be developed to help one will better understand their child or themselves and how they intervene with the world through their individual power traits.
The Impact of Student Coaching
Coaching students is similar and yet different from traditional counseling in that there is a relationship that is supportive, respectful, and confidential, but specific in working on setting goals and assessing priorities. This requires a client who is willing and ready to make the effort in making changes through specific goal setting. This is different from therapy, which is about insight, while coaching is about action and getting things done. Coaches focus on what, how, and when, rather than why.
In the Solimar Method ™, the child is first given a 37 question, online Self Portrait ™ Power traits Assessment regarding how they interact with the world around them and the vital aspects of their personality that make them unique. The combination of these different dimensions contributes to who they are and creates their Power Traits for Life ™. ( For children under 3rd grade there is a paper version that the parents fill out). Young People and adults can use these inborn strengths, talents, and newly understood skills to help them learn, identify a career or path of study and get along better with the people around them. After the assessment, the family will meet with their coach to go over the results and make sure they are accurate. In this session, the child’s disposition, learning styles, interests, and talents are formulated into specific goals and strategies created by the coach. On-going coaching is helpful in that a coach is more likely to help the child to stay the course with the individual goals through encouragement, structure, and accountability, either weekly or monthly through face to face, telephone, or internet up to 6 months or on an as-needed basis. The structure of the coaching is open and flexible. The coach is the catalyst and an indispensable component to creating crucial trust relationships with the learner. In each coaching session goals are reviewed as well as building an understanding of how the child interacts with learning, life, relationships, and work. This all results in parents gaining a better understanding of their child and a child gaining a better understanding of how they learn.
How Parents are Involved in the Coaching Process.
First, parents too are given the Self Portrait ™ power traits assessment in order for them to relate and understand how they learn in a similar way or a different way than their child.
- Profound insights into their child’s learning strengths and motivators
- Coaching provides an excellent foundation for engagement in school and ideal for assessing
- Recognition of learning indicators of issues that lead to learning failure in order to prevent
- Understanding your child’s Dispositions, Interests, Talents as well as Modality Strengths and environmental needs.
The value and Impact on taking the Power Traits Assessment ™
The Power Traits ™ assessment is a gift that a child is given to help them realize that they don’t have problems, but that they are very special to the world. The assessment is a tool to help parents and educators understand how children best learn and how to create the best learning environment to support them. It relieves the stress of homework and figuring out how to teach your child. It will help anyone excel in school, work and life. Teaching children according to how they learn ensures optimum education for all; it’s an approach that will help make remedial literacy programs obsolete. Everyone has their own unique learning style, once the Power Traits Assessment is taken, anyone is able to master their learning style so they can grow and
develop to their full potential.