As part of CIP’s commitment to supporting families, we’re launching a new initiative to provide parent educational opportunities including coaching options. The new addition of parent coaching helps families build on strengths and learn productive ways of managing family issues. Parent coaching will not address CIP program questions or topics directly, but rather will focus on supporting the parent’s own journey and the process of transition.
CIP is pleased to announce the addition of Family Services. Family Services will offer parent coaching services, facilitated educational events and training specifically for families of enrolled CIP students. Parents and/or guardians of CIP students can take advantage of family coaching with an expert facilitator, which helps to promote productive ways of managing family issues such as transitions and building and maintaining healthy relationships.
Sharona Sommer serves as Director of Family Services. Sharona has worked in the Special Education field for over 20 years and is the founder of Sharona Coaching and Consulting, which provides family coaching to families with teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, and also leads workshops and support groups. Sharona presents regularly at national conferences and consults with several organizations in the Autism field.
We are very excited to bring this new enhancement to the families we work with and our goal is to further improve the outcomes of our CIP students and the well-being of our families.
Coaching services will be provided to enrolled families free of charge, mainly during transition periods such as before they enter the full-year program. Coaching will be supplemented by a variety of educational events, webinars, and conference calls. More information will be forthcoming.