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Melissa A Warren

AAC, ADHD Coach & iLs Practitioner 
Waverly, Iowa, United States

Neuro-developmental disorders affect the entire family. Don't suffer alone. I can help. Call now.

Specializations
ADHD coach Family coach

FEES from $15 USD to $450 USD for coaching packages. more...

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About me

I trained as an ADHD coach at the ADD Coach Academy. I'm also trained to use Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) with my clients. It's my most popular offering because it is a multi-sensory program for improving brain function that's fun and easily customized for all ages and skill levels.

Neuro-developmental disorders, like ADHD, ASD, SPD, LD and others, affect the whole family, so I like to work with all family members, including parents, whenever possible. When using iLs, I have 3 units, so parents can use the Calming or Performance Optimization Program while I work with their child/children using the Sensory Motor, Attention & Concentration, or Reading & Auditory Processing Programs. Everyone takes an assessment to get the right program fit. I also combine programs based on assessment results to create a truly customized plan. Sometimes the iLs program works so well that we don't even need to do much coaching.

Diagnosed with ADD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia when I was in college, I went from being on academic probation to graduating with distinction after getting the help and support I needed. I know first hand how important it is to get the right support to be successful!

Most people ask me how I got into this field and more specifically using iLs. I graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. That education gave me a strong base of knowledge about the brain and what we know about how it works.

I have had several jobs since graduating, but my most recent job was as a caseworker for a program that provides housing and case management for those in eastern Iowa challenged by disabilities and homelessness. After working with one of my clients for several months, it dawned on me that she was probably on the autism spectrum. I took her to a specialist who diagnosed her with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I then looked to find her appropriate treatment and resources, but I could find nothing in the area for an adult with ASD.

Determined to find her the help she needed, I turned to the internet to continue my search. That's when I learned about Integrated Listening Systems. I dismissed it at first because it sounded too good to be true. It treated ASD, ADHD, SPD, LD, Depression, etc. How could one treatment do all that?

I eventually returned to investigate the iLs method further because I could not find anything else for my client to pursue for treatment. I discovered that Dr. Ned Hallowell, a nationally known psychiatrist specializing in ADHD, endorsed it, so I concluded that it must work. I have great respect for the Dr. Hallowell's treatment advice regarding ADHD and have found it very useful in my life living with ADHD myself. I tried to find an iLs practitioner in the area, but they all were at least a 2 hours drive.

That's when I decided to become an iLs practitioner and ADHD life coach. I have now witnessed the difference this can make in a person's life. For some, the big life changes happen quickly, and for others, it takes time to see even small life changes. It just depends on their unique brain wiring, and how willing they are to make additional life changes to maximize the therapeutic effect. I'm here to cheer them onward no matter how small the change!
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Coaching with me

RESULTS & GOALS

-Improved relationships within the family/household
-Shift in focus from fear of uncertainty to who you want to be in any given situation
-Managing your own emotions and stress levels
-Learn tools that can be used by individuals of all ages to increase self-regulation to match the situation.

HOW I LIKE TO COACH

I like to focus on the ABC's: Awareness, Biology, and Connection. These are the paths that will help you create your blueprint for success, recognize barriers and build bridges to make change happen.

OFFERINGS

Please feel free to visit my shop to see the details of my offerings.


PRIVATE COACHING

Private coaching & Integrated Listening Systems sessions can include an individual client, a couple, or a family, and can be conducted via Skype, phone, or in person at my home office in Waverly, IA, in borrowed office space in Waterloo, IA, or other arrangements can be made.

My services help with Attention and Self-Regulation Challenges, Learning Difficulties, Autism, Trauma, Head in Injury and Stroke Rehab, Reading, Performance Improvement, Auditory Processing, Expressive and Receptive Language Skills, Mood, and Social Engagement.

Start with a free, no obligation, 30 to 45 minute consultation.

The first full session is 1 to 2 hours to review the coaching agreement, the intake forms and assessments, and to establish initial goals. This is followed by 45 to 90-minute sessions for the remainder of the coaching/iLs relationship. The number of sessions per month will be determined individually based on desired outcome, assessment results, and time available.

Private coaching/iLs sessions often include agreed upon tasks for clients to complete between meetings to help them make positive life changes and progress towards their goals.

For new clients, I require a 2-month initial commitment. After the first 2-month commitment, if we both feel that you can benefit from further coaching/iLs, we can work together for an additional 4, 8, or 12 months, which will be determined by outcome, assessment results, and time available.

Don't wait another day! Schedule your free consultation today!
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Short courses or group coaching

Calm & Connected Series: An Introduction to Parenting with the Brain in Mind

Group iLs sessions: up to 3 individuals can participate at a time.

Experience, Certifications and Training

CERTIFICATIONS AND DEGREES
  • ADDCA Associate Coach
  • Completion of the Basic and Advanced Coaching Programs at ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA)
  • B.S. Degree in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics from Iowa State University
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT TAKEN
  • The Alert Program: a Practical Approach to Support Self-Regulation
  • Integrated Listening Systems Foundations & Implementation Practitioner Training
  • Motivational Interviewing
PROFESSIONAL AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

While a student at Iowa State University, I created the Campus Network for Learning Disabled Students. I realized then how important it was for those with atypical brain wiring to get the support and resources they needed to succeed. Ours is a hidden disability that others often attribute to character flaws. It is easy to fall into that thinking ourselves. I know that I did. I could never understand why I couldn't get it together and keep it together. It did a lot of damage to my self-esteem and I became suicidal in high school. I finally felt empowered once I had the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder and various learning disabilities. I finally had an explanation for my continual frustration and I worked hard to connect with resources that could help me succeed. I used meditation, medication, and accommodation, among many other tools to help me achieve my goals. My wish is that everyone could experience that feeling of empowerment and see their life turn around as I did. I've hit many rough patches since college, but I have that experience in my back pocket now. I know that I can overcome whatever is getting in my way if I recruit the right support and resources. I continue to learn how to set myself up for success. I'm also learning to do that for my son and my husband as well. It's what we all need. I'd love to discuss how I can help you do that for yourself and your family too.   more ...

Fee description

Fees: from $15 USD to $450 USD

Fees range from $15/hr. for short courses to $45/hr. for private coaching & iLs sessions. I offer discounts for paying monthly in advance and offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee for my private packages.

I accept PayPal, cash, or personal check for payment options.

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