Special Needs Life Quality Coaching
A New Career in the Special Needs Industry
Becoming a Special Needs Life Coach
Did you know that one in 26 families in the United States have a child who has been diagnosed with special needs? Whether it is autism or another developmental disability, the lives of these families will be changed forever. Parents of children with disabilities have a greater incidence of divorce and their financial situation changes dramatically, due to both the cost of caring for their child and the fact that one parent will give up his or her career to serve as a caregiver. The relationship that parents have with their other children, and with their relatives and friends, becomes strained as the focus is shifted to the child who has the developmental disability.
Parents commit their lives to their children with developmental disabilities and in the process they often lose themselves. You can help these parents by becoming a Special Needs Life Coach. With your support as their coach, they can get their lives back.
What is a Special Needs Life Quality Coach?
As part of its mission to change the way the world views individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, the Training, Education, Research, & Innovation (TERI, Inc.) is offering the industry's first specialization coursework designed to train professionals and other interested individuals to work as Special Needs Life Quality Coaches. Special Needs Life Quality Coaches work with families to ensure that they, and their children or adults with special needs, have access to the support, encouragement, resources and knowledge to lead happy fulfilling lives. Coaches work with families and individuals to determine what they need in order to meet personal goals, and they establish and monitor action plans to help them reach these goals. Coaches are NOT counselors; they are an extension of the family devoted to improving quality of life.
How Do I Become a Special Needs Life Quality Coach?
At this time, TERI is the only organization offering a certificate in this coaching specialization. The 16-week Special Needs Life Quality Coaching course is provided online with flexible hours so that working professionals have the time they need to complete assignments and connect with their student cohort. The classes are experiential and designed to assure that students have all the tools and support they need to go into private practice upon graduation.
Who Hires a Special Needs Life Quality Coach?
Special Needs Life Quality Coaches are new in the field of supports for individuals and families. In most states, Coaches are paid privately by the family. In some states that offer individualized funding, state or federal dollars may be allocated for coaching services. Coaches are hired by family members, people with disabilities, or agencies providing coaching services.
What is the Demand for These Coaching Services?
Today, an estimated one in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. With the explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities, the need for additional family support has never been greater. Most families cannot negotiate the social service system and meet personal goals without extra support. In the current economic climate, many professionals are seeking additional income or a change to a higher paying career. TERI developed this Coaching specialization to help families and individuals and to expand the career options in the field.
Recent Coaching graduates are easily able to secure work with families who are looking for this type of trained assistance, or through agencies wanting to expand the supports they offer to their community.
How Much is the Tuition for the Course?
How Much Do Special Needs Life Quality Coaches Earn?
Special Needs Life Quality Coaches who are in private practice earn at a different level than Coaches who work for an agency. Coaching fees are based, in part, on where they live and the education and experience they bring to their practice. Coaching graduates from this course who have little to no college education (but good experience) earn $25-30 per hour for their private work with families, while those who have more advanced degrees earn $50-100 per hour, sometimes more. What a Coach charges for his or her services is an individual decision and is based on their expertise and what the market will bear in their area.
Should I Become a Special Needs Life Quality Coach™?
We are often asked this question, especially by people who have spent many years in a field related to special education or services to people with special needs. To answer this question, ask yourself the following:
• Are there families or individuals in my area that I KNOW need extra support?
If your answer is YES, consider becoming the source of that support.
• Do I need extra income or a new career that is personally satisfying and helps others?
If your answer is YES, Special Needs Life Quality Coaching is an excellent part time or full time source of income that offers rich rewards.
• Will I become a Coach on my own?
If your answer is NO, you should sign up for the course. We will give you all the training, forms, and post-graduation support you need to start and maintain a successful private practice.