Why Coaching?

Research is clear, when we want to change the way teachers teach the ONLY effective way to do it is to provide in classroom coaching.  Once the concepts of UDL are understood all of the “meat” is in trying out these new concepts in the classroom using “read” curriculum.

Modeling, encouragement, and support with the very real barriers that come up make the difference between success and failure in the classroom. Coaching in the classroom is hands down, one of the best investments available.

I am wholly convinced of the value and results coaching provides. My richest learning experiences have come from the generosity of great coaches. The power of having others’ faith in my skills and ability has driven me to reach higher than I could have imagined. It’s my mission to do the same for you.

Coaching can be completely customized to your individual needs.

  • Sharpen your skills
  • Have a “voice” in your ear reassuring you
  • Help you feel brave
  • Stretch your skills
  • Provide reassurance with sticky cases

Assistive Technology Coaching

Our coaches are highly experienced Assistive Technology Specialists with greatly varied backgrounds and experience. Coaching is provided “just in time” as needed. Help editing reports, talking through assessing a difficult or “sticky” student or advice on legally difficult cases. Participating coaches are carefully selected by Susan Simmons.

How is AT coaching accessed?

Create one contract with Susan Simmons & Associate, LLC and have access to any or all coaches. (Minimum 10 hours billed as used.) Requesting AT Specialist will fill in a short form to clarify their need, prior to each coaching session. Within 24-48 hours an appointment will be arranged with a coach to meet that need. A specific coach can also be requested. Most coaching is by phone or skype. Since the consult is with the AT student permission is not needed (all identifying information is taken out).

Coaching is provided virtually, faces time, skype, or other meeting software. Sessions are recorded to limit distractions of note taking and notes are sent to the provider to help support their needs.

Areas of Experience and Expertise

  • Visual Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Dyslexia, SLD, ADHD, Autism
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Cognitive Delays

When is AT Coaching NOT recommended?

  • Coaching is for assessors who have foundational training. It is not a substitute for AT training.
  • If an IEE is requested a full assessment needs to be completed

UDL Coaching

As teachers we often feel anxious when we don’t have the same level of control in our classrooms. We need to feel expert and control in our classrooms.  Research has repeatedly supported coaching as critical for shifts in classroom techniques. The UDL approach requires some traveling out of the comfort zone and such travel works best with a guide. Coaching offers just the guidance needed for all team members to build confidence, practice new, less familiar, ideas and let go of some deeply held beliefs about roles and what is effective teaching. Results? Falling in love with teaching all over again.

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UDL Coaching for Teachers

UDL coaching is integrated after attending basic UDL  instruction. Teachers are supported with lesson plans and either observations in the classroom or using classroom videos. It can be provided virtually or in person. These coaching contracts are often part of a package of foundational UDL professional development however, they can be arranged separately.

UDL Coaching for Curriculum Coaches

Typically, curriculum coaches have presentations they do with teachers. We start there and “UDLize” these lessons so that they are integrating UDL principles into the materials and presentations they present. We work with coaches on teaching UDL principles as well as coaching in classrooms. These coaching contracts are completely customized.

Assistive Technology (AT) Assessments

I do Independent Assistive Technology Assessments* as my schedule permits. I assess students for curriculum access needs. I’m your first call for complex students as well as “sticky” cases.  

I will look at how to implement AT in ways that work with teacher capabilities and classroom needs. There is no “cut and paste” here your unique student and classroom needs are my priority.

Contact me to discuss your needs.

* I do not conduct Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessments.

Interested? Inquire about coaching and / or assessments here.

What's Coming Up?

The Fall AT Certificate Course, registration will open in May 2019.
            This is a live course offered in the Pasadena, CA area.

New Summer Institutes offered in online learning format.
Participate from anywhere.  Registration will open in May.  There will be 2 courses this summer; full descriptions coming in April.
Teaching Executive Function Skills Across the Curriculum
The Effects of Stress on Learning, Understanding How Trauma Impacts Learning
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