Need a refresher on the basics of CoachArt? Want to learn more about how to adapt your lessons for students who are differently abled? You’ve come to the right page!


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View Our Comprehension Quiz Answers

All of the following populations are eligible to receive our services, except:

  • Children living with a physical chronic illness
  • Siblings of children with a chronic illness
  • Children living with strictly a developmental disability
  • Children living with a developmental disability caused by a chronic illness

Volunteers can find in-home lesson opportunities by:

  • Using the “CoachArt Connect” matching platform, or requesting help from staff
  • Checking out our Facebook Page
  • Going door to door in your neighborhood asking if students are interested
  • Waiting for our monthly volunteer newsletter

To acquire materials for your lessons, you can:

  • Rent out supplies from CoachArt
  • Purchase supplies yourself, and then be reimbursed
  • Panhandle in the streets for what you need
  • A or B

Your lesson outline should be looked at as:

  • A binding contract that locks you into teaching whatever you write down.
  • A flexible guideline for your lessons that you can adjust as needed.
  • Something that your Program Manager does for you
  • A 10-page presentation about the ins and outs of your upcoming lessons

Before your 1st lesson begins, volunteers are responsible for:

  • Giving the parent or guardian of their student an intro call
  • Gathering any supplies needed
  • Brainstorming the basics of your lesson outline
  • All of the above

A great way to engage students throughout your lesson is:

  • Working together side by side, doing the activity with them
  • Giving directions over their shoulder
  • Take a hands approach off with your student
  • Doing all the activities for them

If you see a student struggling with an activity, you should:

  • Ask if they would your like help before giving it, and go from there
  • Take over and do the activity for the student
  • Move on to another activity without consulting your student
  • Ask the student’s parent or guardian to step in

If a student wants to move on from an activity, you should:

  • Take a 15-minute break to think about what to do next
  • Suggest an easier, back up the activity that you planned prior to the lesson
  • Ask your student to think of a different activity themselves
  • End lessons for the day

If a student initiates a conversation about their condition or illness, a safe way to approach the conversation can be by:

  • Ignoring the comment altogether
  • Telling them that you feel bad or sorry for them
  • Asking them basic, open-ended questions about their experience, and then building off of what they tell you
  • Bringing up something you may have struggled with in your own life to try and relate

If you have questions at any point while volunteering with us, you can:

  • Consult our Coach Corner for help with lesson planning, and working with students
  • Email or call your Program Manager
  • Reference your Volunteer Handbook
  • All of the above
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