“When someone just says on paper that they taught people to do laundry and change sheets, it may not seem like much. The magic is in the details of how it is taught.”
As a somatic behavioral coach, Elizabeth has helped her clients achieve their goals in numerous areas involving work, home, school and recreation. Whether the goal was initially described by the client, a parent, a teacher or a job coach, Elizabeth understands that clients themselves must understand the importance of each task. She knows how to motivate each individual to achieve the progress they need.
In the home
• Kitchen skills: Cooking, recipe building, menu planning, shopping
• Chores: Making the bed, taking out the garbage, cleaning the house
• Scheduling: maintaining a calendar, managing free time, executive functioning skills
• Grooming and self care: showering,
Example: For one client, we needed to put marks on the stove and shower so she could set the right temperatures. This allowed her to relieve stress and focus on the task.
On the job
• Communicating with their supervisor and coworkers
• Reporting to work on time and remembering their daily schedule
• Phasing out the need for a job coach by using an iPad to help clients remember individual tasks and related steps
• Holding a conversation with colleagues or strangers (learning flexibility and representing their own interests)
Example: Use QR codes to prompt client to implement the correct workflow at each workstation
In the community
• Going for walks, visiting the library or other regular locations; using multiple transportation modes and accessing locations
• Inviting friends for activities/socializing
• Navigating a new space
• Helping family members feel comfortable as the client’s independence grows
• Advocating around an allergy with community members in person, by phone or email.
Example: Shooting and creating videos onsite to later reflect on and adjust behaviors to achieve the goal. Some clients get overwhelmed in the moment but love watching themselves.
• Identifying and using the best apps for common tasks
Organizing easily accessible information for library and grocery discount cards
• Learning how to email
Using word prediction and word banks
• Calling or texting others by phone
• Customizing apps (like Prologuo2go) to aid with communication and incrementally adapting them into the client’s processes
Example: Created a checkable list on the client’s iPad Mini, which provided a mechanism for client to start doing her morning routine.