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Certificate for Coaching Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues

Beacon College’s Certificate for Coaching Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues provides teachers, parents, consultants, counselors, and other qualified individuals with a theoretical and practical understanding of how to work effectively with this population of young adults. The content of this program is based on Beacon’s more than 35 years of focused experience educating young men and women with diagnosed learning disabilities.

In taking this certificate program, individuals who have an interest or are currently working with these young adults can develop a deeper awareness of the causes of conditions, manifestations of deficits, and concrete strategies and tools to combat areas of concern in a multitude of environments — such as their school, home, and community.

Successful completion of the program leads to a certificate in coaching from Beacon College, a nationally recognized leader in education for students who learn differently.

Learning Objectives and Curriculum

The course is delivered asynchronously. It consists of seven, pre-recorded modules, reading assignments, written posts, and a capstone project. Studies include two weekly 60-minute, pre-recorded modules, plus access to weekly online meetings with faculty. Instructors include expert Beacon faculty and nationally recognized professionals working with students who learn differently.

Increase Your Understanding

Increase your understanding of the development of learning and attention issues from early childhood through adolescence.

Improve Future Interventions

Connect how the profiles of adolescents with learning and attention issues perform in various environments (home, school, and community) to better inform future interventions.

Identify the Impact

Identify short- and long-term impacts for individuals with learning and attention issues (college, career, community involvement) to support the need for earlier and more proactive interventions.

Develop Tools and Strategies

Develop practical tools and strategies to employ at home, school, and in the community to improve the executive functioning, social, and emotional regulation skills of individuals with learning and attention issues.

Learn Coaching Techniques

Learn coaching techniques to develop a working relationship with adolescents as they navigate various developmental and educational milestones.

Increase Student Performance

Conceptualize adolescent profiles to connect root symptoms of deficit behavior with necessary interventions to increase student performance in the home, school, and community.

Program Costs

The all-inclusive cost of this 8-week program is $399. This fee can be paid at registration with a credit card or can be invoiced to your organization.

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Who Should Participate

This certificate program is designed for parents and educators who work with students who learn differently and wish to improve their coaching and education strategies.

Why Beacon?

Modules & Topics

Module 1: Introduction to the Certificate and E-Learning

The Certificate for Coaching Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues provides teachers, parents, consultants, counselors, and other qualified individuals with a theoretical and practical understanding of how to work effectively with this population of young adults. In taking this certificate program, individuals who have an interest or are currently working with young adults with learning and attention issues can develop a deeper awareness of the causes of conditions, manifestations of deficits, and concrete strategies and tools to combat areas of concern in a multitude of environments (school, home, and community).

Module 2: Early Identification of Learning and Attention Issues

Session 1
How Do Learning and Attention Issues Form?
The first session will explore the development of learning and attention issues through a broad understanding of causations (birth, trauma, comorbidity) and early developmental milestone delays (ages 0–4).  
Tiffany Calderara, M.Ed.,
Learning Specialist and Academic Advisor, Beacon College

Session 2
Early Childhood Education
Elementary-aged education (ages 5–10) will be reviewed in terms of early warning signs of learning and attention issues as it relates to concept mastery, skill development, language processing, and reading/writing skills.
Barbara Munoz, Ed.S.
Learning Specialist and Academic Advisor, Beacon College

Module 3: Understanding ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Early Interventions

Session 1
ADHD: Inattentive Type v. Hyperactive Type v. Combined Type
Learn the diagnostic profiles of three types of individuals with ADHD and how the symptomology manifests across environments. Typical profiles will be explored to learn the early warning signs of ADHD.
Dr. Oksana Hagerty,
Dean of the Center for Student Success, Beacon College

Session 2
ADHD: Early Interventions in Adolescent Developmental Years
Holistic intervention techniques will be explored that look at common approaches to combat deficit areas for adolescents with attention issues. Implications for school, home, and community will be looked at to better understand issues related to best practices.
Dr. Oksana Hagerty,
Dean of the Center for Student Success, Beacon College

Module 4: Connecting Mental Health with Learning and Attention Issues

Session 1
Clinical Implications of AD/HD: Psychiatric & Social Issues
Comorbidity is common with adolescents with AD/HD, impacting their mental health and social development. Classic profiles will be explored that look at co-occurring issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, social pragmatics, and other related behavioral issues.
Matthew Morris-Wood, LCSW, LMFT
Central Florida Behavioral Health Provider

Session 2
Specific Learning Disorders and Classic Interventions for Adolescents
Reading, conceptual thinking, writing, and other academic-based deficits impact the adolescent’s holistic development and success rate. Each specific learning disability will be explored with suggestions for differentiated approaches to interventions.
Dr. Brent Betit
Chief Operating Officer, Beacon College

Module 5: Learning Key Intervention Techniques to Increase Student Motivation

Session 1
Trauma-Informed Care for Adolescents with Learning and Attention Issues
Participants will receive a foundational understanding of trauma and how embracing a trauma-informed approach for adolescents with learning and attention issues will contribute to higher levels of academic and personal success. Participants will learn the impact of trauma on the learning environment as well as how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in adolescents.
Dana Manzo, M.S.,
Vice President of Student Affairs, Beacon College

Session 2
Designing Robust SMART Goals with a Perspective on Environmental Issues and Adolescent Profiles
Elements of dialectical behavioral therapy will be reviewed to develop an understanding of goal setting, interplays of self-efficacy and emotional regulation, and competing factors (cognitive, environmental, relational) that could impact initiation of change.
Dana Manzo, M.S.,
Vice President of Student Affairs, Beacon College

Module 6: Executive Functioning

Session 1
The Pillars of Executive Functioning
Executive functioning is a series of skills necessary to manage daily life-based tasks. The pillars of executive functioning will be explored with discussions of manifestations across various environments.
Dr. Sheldon Horowitz,
Retired Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights, NCLD

Session 2
The Interplay of Attention and Learning Issues on Executive Functioning
Individuals with learning and attention issues are prone to have more significant gaps in their executive functioning skills. Executive functioning will be further delved into through an understanding of how to provide compensatory strategies to enhance skill domains and daily functioning.
Dr. Sheldon Horowitz,
Former Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights, NCLD

Module 7: Understanding the Coaching Model and How to Support Students with Learning and Attention Difficulties

Session 1
Meta-Cognitive Exercises to Enhance Your Coaching     
Understanding the purpose behind an intervention is a key technique in advancing the goal of coaching. Self-exploration, concepts of meta-cognition, and techniques to enhance your own understanding will be looked at to finesse your coaching abilities.
Alexander Morris-Wood, M. S.
Vice President of Program Development and Global Partnerships, Beacon College

Session 2
Future Implications of Coaching: Determining Next Steps
While immediate change may happen across various environmental domains, ensuring continued learning is occurring can elongate a coaching relationship and establish future goals to enhance adolescent development. Identifying post-session goals based on evaluative data of student engagement will be reviewed.
Alexander Morris-Wood, M. S.
Vice President of Program Development and Global Partnerships, Beacon College

Module 8: Capstone Project

The capstone project requires participants to explore a specific student’s learning issues, current manifestations, in their environment (school, community, home), and intervention attempts utilizing key aspects learned in the coaching program. The final project will be broken down and participant will explore their “case” each week leading up to a video or paper presentation.

Meet Your Instructors

Alexander Morris-Wood

Vice President of Program Development and Global Partnerships; Dean of Admissions for the Center for College Readiness

352-638-9777amorriswood@beaconcollege.edu

Dr. Barbara Munoz

Learning Specialist (Freshman/Sophomore)

352-638-9771bmunoz@beaconcollege.edu

Dr. Oksana Hagerty

Dean of the Center for Student Success

352-638-9780ohagerty@beaconcollege.edu

Dana Manzo

Vice President of Student Affairs

352-638-9751dmanzo@beaconcollege.edu

Dr. Sheldon H. Horowitz

Beacon College Board of Trustees Member, Adjunct Instructor for Certificate Program, Learning Disabilities Consultant and Owner of LDedvisor

Register Now

The course is delivered asynchronously. It consists of seven, pre-recorded modules, reading assignments, written posts, and a capstone project. Registration is now open for fall 2024 cohorts beginning on September 23 and October 21.

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Center for College Readiness

Do you have a question? Get in touch with the Center for College Readiness at admissions@beaconcollege.edu, or call 855-220-5376 (toll-free).