The coaching program at this developmental level is primarily teen based. Some kids are so smart they can keep their schedules in their heads and get A’s without studying. The volume and complexity of the high school curriculum is often too much for a student to manage without a new level of sophistication.
Adolescents in high school are developmentally ready for a whole new level of freedom. With this freedom comes the additional responsibility of keeping track of their schedule and belongings, regrouping when things go poorly and being courageous in making wise choices in a variety of social situations.
Some of the things they will learn in coaching:
- How to manage their schedule and plan ahead for large tests and projects
- Computer technology/apps to organize and give reminders
- How to create peer support for daily accountability
- Creating/maintaining healthy relationships (including friends, parents and teachers)
- How to recognize stress and address it in a healthy way
Due to the developmental need for autonomy, parental involvement at the high school /college level is usually by the invitation of your teen. The parent education online classes are a useful resource and consultation is always available.
The primary difference between high school and college coaching is addressing the subtle and very powerful change between having a parent or adult initiated environment to one that is student initiated. In many ways, that even the student and their parents’ may not be aware of , the parent would remind, manage medication, handle daily living concerns like car insurance and laundry. Once a student makes the transition to living away from home to college they must take over initiating all of their own time and life management. In addition to the coaching tasks at the high school level, college coaching can be used as a bridge to assist the student as they:
- Learn to manage time and self-care on a whole new level
- Utilize on campus support and resources
- Create and maintain self care routines
- Make important social decisions