Getting Started

Scheduling an Appointment

cloud-computing-11299605484syQ public domainTo find out whether consultation is right for you, send me an email and we can set up an initial (free) telephone conversation.  During that conversation we can discuss the scheduling of our first online video conference (via Zoom or Doxy.me) or telephone appointment.

email: lauriesimons@ymail.com

How it Works

Parents: During initial video conference appointments with parents, I will ask about your goals for yourselves and your child, and we will review the Collaborative & Proactive Solutions model.  If possible, I would like to arrange for a time meet your child early on, even if briefly.

In parent meetings, we will review the lagging skills and unsolved problems that are getting in the way of your child’s ability to do well, and thus resulting in problem behaviors.  We will also review different ways of thinking about challenging behaviors, and what is the most helpful way to think about them.

I will ask questions about everyday activities like getting up in the morning, getting out the door to school,  getting along with siblings, getting homework done, transitioning from video or computer games, going out in public, eating nutritious foods, and so on.

In sessions that follow, we can include your child for at least part of the session where possible.  Then you as parents can practice a certain kind of conversation directly with your child that is intended to get the information needed to solve problems durably, in order to reduce or eliminate the problem behaviors.

Teachers: For consultation with teachers, it is not practical to involve the student in our consultation sessions, however it might be useful if you could provide a recording of your conversation(s) with the student, with parental permission.

How many sessions will it take?

The number of sessions we need depends on several factors.  I have a certain set of skills that I want parents or teachers to learn so they can have effective conversations with their child or student.  We need time to learn and practice these skills.

Oftentimes there are other interfering factors, besides learning the skills, that need to be overcome as well.  For example, being able to find time for proactive conversations away from other siblings or students, being able to remain calm and neutral, being able to focus on one thing at a time while setting aside some of the other issues.

Usually we start with one or two sessions a week, and once we get rolling we can meet less frequently to touch base and review progress.  We can go at a pace that works for you.

Making a Payment

You can pay online via PayPal, or provide your credit card information during one of our sessions, and I will charge your card following each appointment.  Click here for more payment details.

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