The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

29 April 2023

5 Things I Want My Child's Life Coach to Know

As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, I have seen firsthand how the right life coach can have a transformative impact on my child's life. I want to share five things I wish my child's life coach knew about the crucial role they play and the impact they have on our family.

The image shows Ms. Elaine Sisno singing while her son Joshi playing the piano.
Mommy Elaine Sisno and son Joshi during the ASP Cebu Angels Walk for Autism 2023 talent show

1. You Are Our Partner in This Journey
As a life coach, you are more than just an expert guiding our children through their challenges; you are our partner in this journey. We value your expertise, dedication, and compassion, and we appreciate your commitment to working collaboratively with us to support our child's growth and development. Your partnership not only benefits our child but also helps us grow as parents, ultimately strengthening our family as a whole.

2. Your Empathy and Understanding Make All the Difference
The world can be a confusing and overwhelming place for individuals on the spectrum. Your ability to empathize with and understand our child's unique experiences and challenges is invaluable. By offering a safe and supportive space for our child to express their thoughts and emotions, you help them feel seen, heard, and understood. This level of empathy fosters trust and rapport, making it easier for our child to open up and engage with you.

3. Your Adaptability Is Key
Every person on the autism spectrum is different, with their own set of strengths, challenges, and aspirations. Your willingness to adapt your coaching approach to meet our child's specific needs is essential. By tailoring your techniques and strategies to suit our child's unique abilities and goals, you are not only more effective as a coach but also demonstrate your genuine commitment to our child's success.

4. You Empower Our Child to Reach Their Full Potential
As a life coach, your role in empowering our children to reach their full potential cannot be overstated. Through your guidance and support, you help our child develop essential life skills, emotional intelligence, and resilience. You encourage them to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves, enabling them to grow and thrive. This empowerment has a lasting impact on our child's life, both personally and professionally.

5. Your Impact Extends Beyond Coaching Sessions
Finally, it is important for you to know that your impact as a life coach extends far beyond your sessions with our child. The skills, knowledge, and confidence that our child gains through your coaching have a ripple effect on all aspects of their life. From school performance and social interactions to family dynamics and future opportunities, your influence is felt in countless ways.

In conclusion, as a life coach for a child on the autism spectrum, your role is truly transformative. By partnering with us, empathizing with our children, adapting to their unique needs, and empowering them to reach their full potential, you make a profound impact on our child's life and our family's journey. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your dedication and the incredible difference you make.

About the Author:
Elaine Sisno is a mother to a young adult on the spectrum, Joshi. Mommy Elaine is also a Project Manager of Daivergent. This article is originaly published at


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