Understanding the Four Types of Parent Coaching: Which is Right for Me?

Parent Coaching That Helps


Finding Your Clear Path Forward

You Shouldn’t Have to Navigate Special Needs Parenting Alone.

You are worth it. Your future is worth it. Taking care of yourself is possible, even with all the demands of life. Even when parenting a student or adult with Autism or Asperger’s.

As a parent of a student or adult with Autism or emotional health challenges like OCD, Anxiety, Depression or Schizophrenia, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed by your loved one’s needs or behaviors. A search on the www. points you in many different directions, with many sounding like qualified experts. It’s hard to know who to trust, what step is needed now and what will actually help you as the parent as you try to help your son or daughter with behaviors or emotional health challenges.

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When I first became a Certified Parent Coach over a decade ago, Autism and children’s or adult mental health weren’t as prevalent when it came to coaching for parents. Coaching back then seemed more centered around how to parent a substance-abusing teen or an oppositional defiant teen, commonly referred to as ODD. In the past, parent coaching often focused on holding boundaries or even tough love, as we used to call it. Coaching now is more varied and specialized and at times can have a therapeutic feel.

What is Parent Coaching

The purpose of parent coaching is to support your identified goals as the parent in a positive collaborative process designed to lead to success. With coaching, good intentions are less likely to fall by the wayside. Parent coaching doesn’t have to be about your parenting. Supportive parent coaching might also focus on your goals for yourself which in turn have a ripple effect including a positive impact on parenting responsibilities. 

What are the benefits of the right type of Parent Coaching

The benefits of the right type of coaching are numerous. The bottom line, you get the support you need. Sometimes a parent will engage in a type of coaching that doesn’t help and leaves them feeling discouraged at not meeting their goal. Some parents end up feeling more guilty than ever about their parenting. Just as there are types of coaching, there are many kinds of issues in parenting. One needs the right type of coaching and coaching that matches the issues a parent is experiencing with a student or adult.

The Four Different Types of Parent Coaching


Traditional Coaching

Coaching that is focused on the parent’s goals for their self-determined and self-identified needs is similar to the partnership found in traditional coaching. The parent envisions a change and a coach collaborates to create the space to make success possible. It is surprisingly simple and very satisfying. Parents usually enjoy both action steps and a shift in their mindset and awareness of all aspects of their lives. Receiving coaching can create a lifestyle that feels real and true for you, whatever that is.

Coaching on a Pre-determined Topic

Coaching that is topic focused or psycho-educational is determined in advance by the coach or a program providing the coaching. It might even have a very specific curriculum to work through. One might or might not be able to individualize their goals due to the content approach. For example, some might want to learn how to utilize Time Out as a technique or while others seek techniques on parenting around screen time and use of technology or gaming.

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Coaching from a Certain Lens or Style of Parenting

Coaching that is style focused is determined in advance by the coach who is or claims to be an expert in a parenting approach that has been designed for a child, teen or young adult with certain issues. This can also be referred to as Parent Training. Sometimes this is referred to as Parent Instruction. Trends and advice on how to parent come and go. Child Mind Institute has this to say about choosing a parent training program. Not every style works for every parent or every child or teen. One example for parents of young children with difficult behaviors is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy or PCIT. For older children and teens, some look to the Teaching Family Model also used in quality residential programs.

Coaching Focused on Parent Healing

Parenting trauma is a thing; therefore, parent healing is a thing too. Psychology Today recognizes some mothers of Autism have stress profiles similar to some of those who have been in combat. Coaching for parenting trauma can help a parent restore their calm and not be constantly triggered when their body have stored years of difficult parenting memories due to challenges related to a child’s actions. Some have used Heart Math to nurture their heart to resilience and increasing their capacity for emotional regulation after trauma.


Our Parent Coaches are Here to Support You

Coaching is designed to be a judgment free zone. Our coaches facilitate a collaborative relationship that supports your best version of you so you don’t buckle under the demands of special needs parenting. Life isn’t linear. We support the expected and the unexpected. Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

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Morgan Guidance Approach to Parent Coaching

We point you in the right direction. We have our areas of expertise including a focus on Parent Healing and a vision for supporting you to create a lifestyle that allows you to feel healthy and survive or thrive when parenting a son or daughter with challenges. Our team member Sonja Martin offers Safe and Sound Protocol ,SSP, for calming your own nervous system. Our team member, Elaine Morgan is a Certified Parent Coach and a Health and Well-Being Coach certified by Duke IM Integrative Medicine. As the founder of Morgan Guidance Services,  Elaine offers Lifestyle Coaching and more. Lifestyle Coaching comes in handy when parents need to focus on their own wellness or when they want to support in actually accomplishing a technique or a certain style of parenting they read about or are trying to implement. 

Our empathetic coaches have the lived experience of parenting Autism. We help you to break down dreams and goals into smaller action items. Little steps add up to big changes over time. As your brainstorming partner and thinking partner, we walk the journey with you until you have the success want. We make sure your dreams and hopes for a better future don’t fall by the wayside. 

We get it. Many days as parents of Autism or Asperger feel like all you can do is survive. Don’t lose hope for thriving. Coaching can empower you in the right direction and toward eventually thriving, not just surviving. You can be well. 


Begin Working with a Parent Coach

You just want the best for your loved one. Keeping yourself healthy is one of the most important things you can do to sustain your role as a parent when you have a special needs child or adult with Autism. You need to be able to continue parenting and keep your health over many years and not just the school years.

Calming your own nervous system and getting support for any parenting trauma is key for your well-being as a parent. Our team of parent coaches is here to provide support at every step of the way. You are doing your best. If you need a type of coaching we don’t offer, then we can usually point you in the direction of someone who is trustworthy and who is a fit for you. 

What comes to mind for you? Taking care of yourself is possible. A healthy lifestyle is possible.  You are worth it!

Other Educational & Therapeutic Services

In addition to Parent Coaching, Morgan Guidance Services offers Patient Advocacy, long term educational planning for individuals with Asperger and Autism, including Therapeutic Boarding School, Traditional Small Boarding School, and Transition or GAP year planning for those needing extra time to mature after K-12.

About The Author

Elaine Morgan, is the founder of Morgan Guidance Service. She is an experienced Educational and Career Counselor, Patient Advocate, and Health and Wellbeing Coach trained by Duke Health. She specializes in assisting parents, guardians, and caregivers seeking the best private schools for autism. Elaine combines her years of professional experience and her personal experience as a parent to empower families. Schedule a consultation to explore the benefits of health and well-being coaching for yourself or Educational Consulting for a son or daughter. Our work will be tailored to your needs, and our mission is to create a plan for your loved one with Autism while prioritizing your own well-being as the caregiver.



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