Neilson Mahoney Coaching
is the culmination of my personal and professional journeys.
First, I am the very proud mother of two beautiful young girls. Our family loves to spend time in nature, eat healthy food, and spend time with each other and our extended family.
Second, I am an educator with specialized education and experience working with children and adolescents managing challenging behaviour. This experience working one on one with students managing ADHD, mental health diagnoses, and a history of school challenges has shaped how I navigate all aspects of my life, personal and professional.
My parenting journey is the driving inspiration to shift professional focus. Parenting is wonderful and challenging and I have learned that my professional background so deeply supports my ability to navigate mental health and behaviours that appear in my own family. This discovery inspired me to undergo further training and start this business to support other parents in my community.
In addition to parenting my girls and coaching, I have over a decade of experience as an educator. I worked as a classroom teacher at Elementary, Middle, and Highschool levels for several years before undergoing further training and shifting into supporting students one on one as a Behaviour Intervention Teacher. In this role I worked in an Alternate Education Center with 12-19 year old students with Behaviour or Mental Health designations. The students I worked with struggled with ADHD, anxiety, other mental health diagnoses. They also struggled with internal and externalizing behaviours and the impact of these behaviours on their schooling. I wrote Individual Education Plans, collaborated with school and community supports, created support and safety plans, and implemented adaptations. But, most of all I built relationships with students and helped them navigate their pathway to graduation and beyond.
This Behaviour Intervention Teacher position informed my Masters of Education work, where I delved deeply into the theory behind educating from a position of care. If you explore my blog, you will see a post, “Caring and Children” which dives into my background and the theory behind this approach. Essentially, working from a position of care means actively listening, respecting, and caring about every child and adult I work with. This position of working from a place of care, was the second piece of inspiration for my coaching practice.
My educational background includes
A Bachelor of Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Language and Literacy Education; a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Inclusive Education; and a Master of Education in Curriculum with a focus on supporting diverse learners.
In August 2020, I completed my ADHD coaching certificate via a Professional Association for ADHD Coaches (PAAC) approved program at Live ADHD Free.
Finally, I am currently undergoing the training and licensing process to be a provider of Dan Duncan’s ADHD Inside Out Coaching Framework.
Let’s work together to create a plan.
Please take a look at my blog for helpful resources. I would love to meet with you for a free consultation and help you decide whether coaching is the right step for your family.
Strengths Based ADHD and Behaviour Coaching
Check out my Services pages to sign up for a preliminary bundle of appointments and for more details. You can also sign up for a 15 minute free consultation to discuss your needs.