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I coach bright students to understand how they learn best, in order to strengthen their academic skills and build their overall confidence in learning. Clarifying learning strengths to students, boosts student confidence and helps to leverage strengths while using strategies to build academic weaknesses. Through one-on-one virtual coaching, students learn new ways to use technology and learning strategies to improve their academic performance.
Students learn brain-based learning strategies, to increase mental energy, to improve working memory, long term memory, and attention. Using proven brain based strategies allows students to reach new levels of success in their academic work and lives. Bright students who learn differently need to know how bright they are at the same time as knowing how they learn best.
Executive function skills improve organization, project planning, time management, and work efficiency. Executive function skills include task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, and goal-focused persistence for school success. I coach students to develop their executive function skills in elementary, middle school, and high school in order to reach their full potential for academic success. Too many times students who struggle with executive function skills earn lower grades and struggle with school work because of poor work habits, challenges with task completion, and a lack of organization. Having practical and proven strategies to improve executive function skills helps students to feel successful and to make the most of their learning in school.
Parents of students with executive function or learning challenges need support too. Raising children who learn differenlty can be stressful for boht parents and chidren. Coaching can help parents to understand how to best to support their child's executive function skills and learning challenges at home can improve the lives of families. Taming the "frenzy" that some parents feel when they are trying to manage their child's learning, and their struggles with executive function skills, can lead to a happier family life and better relationships between parents and their children.
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Jane Clanton Bick, M.ED. holds a Masters Degree in Education and she is a certified special education teacher (K -12) in Arizona and Texas, for mild to moderate learning differences. Jane has over thiry years experience working with children of all ages and their parents. Jane is also a certified academic language therapist and dyslexia specialist with decads experience working with children privately and in schools. Jane specializes in working with students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Jane has also taught in universities and she was a facilitator for the national education program for parents and educators, entitled "All Kinds of Minds".
Jane Bick was trained as a student and parent coach through the All Kinds of Minds program. Jane has also received other specialized brain-based teaching training working with experts in the field of motor development, dyslexia, attention, and executive functioning, including Dr. John Ratey and Dr. Edward Hallowell, authors of Driven to Distraction, the landmark book on ADHD. Jane also stays abreast of cutting edge methods for supporting students with learning differences including technological tools. Jane is also a certified coach through Harvard 's McClean Hospital coaching program, Wellcoaches. Jane currently works with both children and their parents, as well as educators.
Jane Bick's goal in working students is for all students to realize their academic potential while developing strong reading, writing, spelling and other academic skills. Jane also coaches students to recognize how best to use their strengths and talents to reach their academic and career goals, while gaining greater confidence and self assurance. Jane enjoys coaching students, parents, and educators in how to support bright students to reach their academic potential.
Reading and comprehension skills are essential to academic achievement in all subject areas. Students who struggle with reading and reading comprehension are not always able to reach their full academic potential. Students with strong reading skills and comprehension strategies have skills to carry them through college and beyond.
Each student has individual learning strengths and weaknesses. Approaching learning from the point of view of developing strong cognitive skills that actually change the brain, leads to improved overall learning skills for all subject areas.
Executive functioning involves using working memory, organization skills, impulse control, and attention in all activities. Students can learn what things feed their brains to sustain their mental energy, focus, and attention. They can also lean how to improve all of their executive functioning skills through guided instruction and practice.
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If students need a program to help primarily with study skills, writing skills, and also organizational skills. Meeting once a week can be adequate time to develop new skills and strategies for students to improve their learning and academic performance. This program is designed to cover an academic year for a student to build skills and abilities.
This program includes at least two hourly individual coaching or language therapy sessions weekly, through the school year. Additional coaching sessions for organization skills, time management, and study skills for school work, are also included at the same rate. Regular parent communication is also a key part of this program, which is offered at the parent consulting rate.
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My being present at IEP or 504 meetings can be a way to better support a student to get the best kind of support in school and in the academic coaching sessions. I communicate with teachers and school staff like counselors to best bridge the home to school connection and to support a student's overall performance.
Academic support in Elementary to early middle school grades is the best time to offer reading, writing and academic skill support to students to best prepare them for the demands of high School and Beyond.
“Jane Bick's credentials are impressive, but what these certifications do not reveal is her overall disposition in dealing with our son. One can imagine how difficult it is for a child with dyslexia to learn how to read, and how there is resistance to sitting still and practicing reading and writing. I am always impressed with how Jane interacts with our son. He actually looks forward to his sessions with her. I can think of no greater compliment.”
C. Z., father of a middle school student
"Jane Bick has brought our child, not only up to grade level, but she has sent him powering ahead, reaching and ready for new academic challenges. Her professional assessment, resulted in a deeper and clearer understanding of where his deficits were, and what he would need to overcome them. Jane’s individualized sessions then methodically, and skillfully, developed the building blocks he was missing."
M.K., mother of a middle school
“Ms. Bick has brought effusive enthusiasm to her educational coaching, and has fostered powerful inspiration, which reverberates throughout our family. Our son has grown so much in his confidence, and his reading abilities continue to blossom under Jane's support. Ms. Bick has given an educational gift of a lifetime to two of our children through: dedication, inspiring support, and encouragement. Her knowledge and her continual acquisition of knowledge, in the area of learning differences, is astounding.”
L. Z., mother of a middle school student