You’re a parent or carer for young person with special needs. Learn to create your own path with discoverability.com coaching
I’m James. Welcome to discover-ability Coaching.
For many years I’ve worked with parents of special needs children to help them understand and unlock their child’s full potential, the aim is of course to set them on the path of a happy and fulfilling life.
Coaching has been highly developed over the last 25 years and it’s techniques can help parents create sensible and attainable goals and life plans for their children. Usually my work is around preparation for employment, but I also help with other areas if they are not ready for this.
I aim to give parents confidence and hope that a lot more is possible and attainable than they have previously thought. I give them the tools and support to bring these hopes one step closer to reality.
Every child is unique, and sadly, we don’t see enough examples of young people with disabilities and positive disabled role models participating in society. I want to change this.
I’ve been working in education section in special needs in young people for many years and have developed an understanding of what is possible with patience, hard work and preservice. It has given me great pride to watch these students achieve their goals in life.
I’ve worked with parents of children with ASD, Asperger’s, EBD, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and many more conditions
At school I was diagnosed with Dyslexia a specific learning difficulty that affects an individual’s abilities with short term memory, reading, spelling and perform other tasks, so I can both relate and empathise on a personal level with how disabilities can affect children. I have siblings with learning difficulties and I can relate to the family dynamics of having special needs that that brings.
I’m a single parent and I understand with everyday struggles and challenges with of course the occasional joy that parenthood brings.
I’m a qualified a teacher. Originally I studied computer science, then went on to gain a PGCE certificate of education and qualified teacher status (QTS) More recently I completed a Masters degree in Education, Inclusion and leadership.
My work takes account of the fact everyone has different levels of ability and disability. I will always take this into account with every child. The more complex and serious the young person’s challenges the more consideration and planning goes into creating a realistic and sensible set of goals. Every plan will be unique for each child and I will work closely with the parents and children to ensure that every step they feel in complete control.
I passionately believe we all have much more potential in us than we often realise. Too often, those with disabilities are slowly pushed to the sides and fringes of society. We live in an increasing changing and dynamic world where disabilities are no longer seen as something to be hidden, but there is still a sadly lacking visability of disabled people living their lives to the full.