Autism and Special Needs Life Coach
Life Coaching for Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Discovering Your True Potential
Adults on the Autism Spectrum rarely have access to services once they age out of the school system. Many therapies are simply not appropriate in terms of teaching these adults the practical skills they need to succeed in various aspects of life. Many on the spectrum struggle with forming and building relationships, finding and maintaining a job and managing their day to day life. Life Coaching, specifically for adults on the spectrum or anyone who considers themselves neurodivergent, can provide individuals, other coaches, parents and professionals the tools and skills necessary to guide these amazing people to success.
One-on-one coaching can be expensive and so this book was designed to make these methods and strategies available to everyone in an affordable and concise resource. Everyone can benefit from this self help book that takes you on a practical journey through building relationships from the ground up, developing a rewarding career, managing your day to day life effectively and discovering your true potential.
What is the key to Life Coaching ASD Adults?
Teach Real Life Skills:
We spend the first 18 years of our lives mastering the school environment. For everyone but especially those on the spectrum, this is not adequate preparation for the real world. We seek to teach each client valuable real life skills necessary to function in the natural environment.
The majority of people learn social skills by observing others around them. Many people on the ASD spectrum do not intuitively acquire these skills as easily as their neurotypical peers. ASD Life Coaches specifically teach social skills in a step-by-step manner similar to teaching a math problem to someone who struggles with math concepts.
It is very common for people on the spectrum to have a difficult time with back and forth reciprocal conversation. It is one of the most complex skills to master. Communication is not monologuing but rather a back and forth exchange where active listening and active participation are equally important to achieve a successful interation. ASD Life Coaches excel at teaching this highly imperative skill.
It is not uncommon for many young adults to be living at home with their parents. This percentage is even higher for those on the spectrum. From obtaining a driver's license to taking care of personal space, hygiene, budgeting, planning for the future and much more. ASD Coaches are here to help you achieve the independence you know you should have but are finding it difficult to make happen on your own.
Jaclyn Hunt MA, ACAS, BCCS holds a Master’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences with a Specialization in Psychological Services from Kean University in Union, NJ. Additionally, she is an Advanced Certified Autism Specialist Level 2 and Board Certified Cognitive Specialist from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES.org). She serves primarily as a Life Coach for Adults on the Autism Spectrum both in-person in her home state of New Jersey as well as all over the world via video conferencing software.
Throughout her career, Jaclyn has worked with hundreds of adults, teaching various real-life skills that most people in the world learn more intuitively than others. She strongly believes that everyone she works with has the potential to progress and grow beyond their present level of functioning. This belief is not only held for her clients who happen to be on the ASD Spectrum but also held and practiced in her daily life. Jaclyn loves meeting new clients and maintaining a steady client base where she gets the opportunity to share experiences and be part of the lives of people all over the world. She also manages a team of coaches trained specifically to work with Adults on the Autism Spectrum while adding their own unique personalities and techniques to her own tried and true methods of real-life skills training. Her hobbies include working out, reading, occasionally playing video games, taking tropical vacations with her husband Joseph, tasting foods and wines from around the world and, of course, enjoying life to the fullest.
Additional Skills Include:
Whether it's planning for college and training for a very specific career or planning to get into the workforce and find your niche, our coaches are trained to help you discover appropriate educational and employment paths suited to your strengths and supportive of your weaknesses. Your career should be rewarding and fulfilling as well as suitable for making a nice living for yourself.
The biggest difficulty for those on the spectrum is understanding non-verbal communication. Our coaches are trained to teach you how to make and properly engage in eye contact, facial expressions, reading and conveying effective body language and all of the nuances of communicating that go far beyond vocal language. Verbal language on the other hand involves noises, gestures, emotions, cultural understanding and more. Let us teach you!
Healthy Relationship Building from the Ground Up:
How many times are we told to get out there and make friends or find a relationship without specific instruction on how to do so? I have developed methods that take you through the levels of friendship, trust and relationships step-by-step so that you build a healthy, safe and sold relationship with friends, family and professionals.
Executive Functioning Skills:
Many people I work with struggle with managing and organizing their lives. Executive functioning struggles are common for those on the spectrum and for a lot of us. Still, these skills can be taught, practiced and improved upon with time and proper instruction. Let's get your life on track!