Co-Coaching FAQs

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Contact our Head Office for further details, costs and timescales.

info@geniuswithin.org or 802 291 3526

What happens after the meeting and report?

All parties will have an increased awareness of the difficulties a neurodiverse colleague has in the workplace and how they affect work performance.

There is also an understanding of how coping strategies and working to the colleagues strengths can be used to great advantage.

We are available for further calls and contact, just email us on info@geniuswithin.org or call 802 291 3526.

We want to ensure that ALL our clients, both employee and supervisor, understand the implications of the report and we make no extra charge for follow up.

What happens in co-coaching?

The coach will speak to everyone involved beforehand, by phone, to get a sense of what the issues are. A meeting will then be arranged, in which the coach will do some specific coaching exercises such as looking at long term goals or behaviour based feedback. During the meeting the coach will keep notes, and write a report afterwards summarising the action points going forward.

We usually find that the main element of the coaching is helping to understand how conflict has arisen, or misunderstandings over instructions and feedback have been made.

The aim is for the employee and supervisor to develop way to communicate about problems, and a deeper understanding of strengths.

Why is this needed?

Many of our clients’ employers are unaware of how neurodiverse conditions affect their colleagues and the difficulties faced by those with:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Dyslexia & Dyspraxia
  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • ADHD
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dyspraxia

Our clients are sometimes unaware as well, which means that they haven’t asked for help for they need. They are only aware of how stressed they are and how no-one seems to be able to help. This can cause a lot of stress and frustration on both parts.

Co-coaching gives both parties a chance to talk through their experience and resolve misunderstandings. We look at what will be important in the future for a good working relationship. This might entail reasonable adjustments, such as being allowed to wear earplugs to block background noise and also compromises, such as only wearing ear plugs certain days or when reports are being read. It might also include agreements on how to communicate e.g particular phrases to use such as “I can’t answer that question right now, can I get back to you by close of the day?” or “I’m only going to remember half of that, can you pause a second and I’ll write it down / record you on my phone?”

What is co-coaching?

Co-coaching explores the difficulties faced by employers and their neurodiverse colleagues. It helps them to find new ways to communicate and work together. Co-coaching is often used where the work performance difficulties have escalated into a performance management process, and is usually delivered alongside other adjustments.

Co-coaching is particularly useful for Autism, and can really help all neurodiverse conditions separate issues that are directly related to neurodiversity from those that are to do with training for performance.