What is it and How can it benefit me?
Advocacy Coaching helps you gain clarity on a specific you want to address that relates to your child. ODODO offers this service.
The International Coaching Federation (ICF) defines coaching as:
“Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.”
Coaching works in the here and now rather than the past or the distant future. It is a process that aims to improve performance in an area you want to work with. You gain clarity and possibly a different perspective.
With my background in teaching and special education, I saw that there is a huge difference between teaching someone and helping them to learn. We all need help to learn something from time to time. This is one of the many reasons I was drawn to coaching.
A good coach helps you improve your performance;
a good coach is helping you to learn.
Advocacy Coaching is a method I devised here at ODODO. It is designed specifically for parents of children with special needs.
Why would I need an advocacy coaching session?
You are your child’s advocate. And to be the best you can be, sometimes, a bit of help to find a different perspective can help you be just that. Among the topics that came up that led me to develop this were:
“I want to speak up for my child but there is a knot in my throat, how can I not focus on this knot?”
“How can I stop the feeling of overwhelm I have before a meeting?”
“I have to fight for everything for my child. How can I do this but not feel so angry?”
“When I go into the IEP meeting I get nervous. How can I stop this?”
“How can I find a small bit of time for myself during the week?”
Coaching is different from teaching, mentoring, counselling and therapy.
Coaching involves the belief that you have the answers to your own problems. Coaching empowers you and unlocks dormant potential. It reawakens strength and clarity. Coaching focusses on you and the thought-loops going on inside your head.
What are the benefits of Advocacy Coaching?
- You have a clear step-by-step timed plan at the end
- You are able to pause and see another perspective. More perspective = More choices available
- You are listened to and this is enormously helpful. Verbalising your stuff* helps you change your stuff
- *your Stuff are the thought-loops that go on inside your head. Coaching elicits that out of you and helps you learn more about what you can do.
- You have a sense of space in yourself at the end of the session.
“A weight was lifted off my shoulders when my session was over. I was able to take stock of my situation without that constant knot that I felt before” (Shared with permission)
For September 2019, we are running a competition for a free online coaching call. The prize involves two pre-call emails and two follow-up email check-ins. For a chance to win, sign up to our mailing list and follow us Social Media, links here – Facebook Instagram and Twitter
The winner will be announced on Monday, September 2019.