Academic Life Coach

Social skills and executive function Coaching

Academic Life Coach: Supports the acquisition of skills need for success in college

Many college students with attention deficit disorder (ADHD), language/learning disorders (LD), or who are on the autism spectrum (ASD) benefit from an academic life coach to learn life skills they need both on the college campus and eventually to become independent adults. An academic life coach helps them develop the communication, social skills and executive function they need to take advantage of all aspects of college life and builds the skills they will need in their professional lives. Learning to communicate effectively with authority, as well as, peers, time management skills,  and other executive function skill development is critical for success in adulthood.

“…. support(ing) a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary education may prove critical in helping students succeed in the post-secondary environment, as well as preventing a host of adverse outcomes (i.e., skill loss, symptom exacerbation, and poor quality of life in adulthood). Transition to post-secondary education typically occurs during late adolescence and early adulthood, a developmental period of heightened risk for people with ASD. Core ASD symptoms (e.g., social and communication impairment) and daily living skills tend to plateau, or sometimes worsen, after adolescence (), so intervening during this period may be especially beneficial with respect to longer-term outcomes.”  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927339/

Academic Life Coach: Specializes in improving communication skills

At Long on Language, we focus on developing the communication skills needed to be successful in college and beyond. From organizing and writing a research paper to interacting with peers on campus, communication is key.  As a society communication is often taken for grant.. We assume that everyone knows how to communicate to meet their needs, but with a generation, glued to their cell phones, social skills are not as developed as was the case in past generations.  Add to this new trend communication challenges and school life can be difficult to manage. Learning to manage Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and more takes time, but if you don’t use social media its hard to relate to peers and be included in the group. Poor communication skills using the cell phone or email can lead to misunderstandings or worse.  At Long on Language, we specialize in building social communication and executive function skills needed to keep up with current trends.  Oh, and it’s important not to forget that for most poor social skills impact reading and effectively conveying ideas in writing. An academic life coach with a specialty in communication disorders can help students develop the skills they need.

Academic Life Coach: Helps students succeed socially and emotionally

As we all know, college is about more than just going to class, and getting an “A”.  Part of the college experience is pursuing interests and meeting new people. Some of these connections can last a lifetime. For some, however, these opportunities never occur.

    • Students might wonder:
    • What do you say and do to get to know your classmates?
    • How do you find study partners?
    • How do you ask classmates to share their class notes?
    • How do you ask classmates for their phone number?
    • How do you find people to sit with when you eat in the cafeteria?
    • Why is playing video games in your room during free-time not working?

Most of all students may wonder how to learn these skills when they feel unprepared.  Becoming an independent adult requires many skills, and college is the time to learn those skills.  An academic life coach helps students set achievable daily goals to improve their academic, social and executive function skills needed for success not only at school but later at work as well.

Academic Life Coach: Supports the transition from college to work

Transitioning to adulthood at school can be difficult for many with learning disabilities because of deficits in communication, social skills,  and executive function.  Not everyone needs or wants help, but some continue to need aid.  Inadequate support at school can result in increased mental health issues, failure to complete post-secondary education and later problems at work. All skills students learn while attending college are critical for success in adulthood. With an academic life coach, many young people with ASD, ADHD, and LD can receive the support they need to optimize their college experience and ultimately prepare them for their professional lives.

References

Cortiella, Candace and Horowitz, Sheldon H. The State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends and Emerging Issues. New York: National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2014 https://www.ncld.org/wpcontent/uploads/2014/11/2014-State-of-LD.pdf

Grandin, T. (1999, November). Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved July 15, 2018, from https://www.iidc.indiana.edu/pages/Choosing-the-Right-Job-for-People-with-Autism-or-Aspergers-Syndrome

Roux, Anne M., Shattuck, Paul T., Rast, Jessica E., Rava, Julianna A., and Anderson, Kristy, A. National Autism Indicators Report: Transition into Young Adulthood. Philadelphia, PA: Life Course Outcomes Research Program, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute, Drexel University, 2015.

White, S. W., Elias, R., Salinas, C. E., Capriola, N., Conner, C. M., Asselin, S. B., . . . Getzel, E. E. (2016, September). Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in College: Results from a Preliminary Mixed Methods. Retrieved July 15, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4927339/

 

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