CANADIAN SPEECH PATHOLOGIST ADDS VISUAL COACHING TO HER TOOLKIT TO ASSIST CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND FAMILIES.
“Before Visual Coach Certification, I was drawing and printing on table-tops covered with big sheets of newsprint. I would sit with my clients and record elements essential to our session (e.g., goals, strategies, characters from their ‘story’ that day). With access to crayons, clients would pick up colours and add to the artifact, as they wished.
Now I have the portfolio of The SHIFT-IT System, with its 30 Visual Maps, to offer as a complementary process to older clients and/or families of children who are in speech therapy. As a complementary process, the client (child or spouse or adult) fits into a family system. SHIFT-IT exposes a more personal role for a family member that includes their own healing, rather than seeing the challenges of their family member as isolated & separate from the family system.
Visual Coaching is revelatory, integrative and mobilizing. The tools are novel and interesting in the way they capture and hold a client’s attention, and thereby intention. They are also incredibly communicative because of the impact of metaphor that can be represented in graphics, and effective because of their inherent organization.