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Academic Coaching Combats Learning Differences in Moraga CA

Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ADHD, and other disabilities such as Executive Functioning Disorder, Asperger’s, and the Autism Spectrum Disorders seem to be on the rise in both children and adults. Students suffering from these learning disabilities struggle daily with attention span, the ability to focus, and almost maddening frustration; all of which can make seemingly simple tasks like turning in homework assignments or studying for an exam near impossible.

Moraga students with learning disabilities should achieve their goals.  We want to help.

Many of these students are actually incredibly bright and even gifted. In truth they do not lack the ability to complete these assignments; rather they do not have the time management, cognitive skills, and emotional control required for completing these tasks. Organization, time management, study skills, and goal setting are all skills that can lessen the burden of these learning disorders and make living with them more manageable. Academic coaching is the process of learning these seemingly-obvious yet often overlooked skills.

Despite Moraga’s proximity to metropolitan San Francisco, those struggling with learning differences or disabilities need not venture across the Bay Bridge for top-of-the-line academic coaching. Locally-based academic coach Nancy Chin caters to the Lamorinda triad of suburbs including Moraga, Lafayette, and Orinda, as well as nearby Canyon. She works with all the local schools including: Camino Pablo Elementary, Los Perales Elementary, Donald L. Rheem Elementary, Joaquin Moraga Intermediate School, and Campolindo High School. Her offices are conveniently located in Orinda and Oakland.

If you live in the Moraga area and your child struggles with a learning disability take the first step to overcoming it—call Nancy today.


* Step By Step for Success serves the California Bay Area including the cities of Alamo, Danville, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, and other local cities.

Academic Coaching Combats Learning Disabilities in Danville CA

Danville is often referred to as the “heart of the San Ramon Valley.”  This California suburb of San Francisco emanates small-town charm yet is equipped with exquisite shopping and dining experiences at Blackhawk Plaza, countless opportunities for outdoor recreation (hiking, biking, running, swimming), and a high-ranked school system. That’s probably why so many of the East Bay’s prominent business people choose to call Danville home.

No matter how wonderful the community is however, it isn’t perfect. Learning disabilities transcend socio-economic boundaries and manifest themselves in even the most idyllic communities. Despite advantages like good schools or even tutors, conditions such as ADD, ADHD, and executive function disorder are on the rise in children and teenagers in Danville. In fact, oftentimes students who suffer from these disabilities are incredibly bright.

All of these disorders disrupt the normal flow of life at school as well as home. Progress is impeded, tasks go un-accomplished, and a child’s potential is not realized. This frustrates both parent and child, and can cause strain on relationships.

Learning disabilities can be hard to recognize

Lucky for Danville, Nancy Chin of nearby Orinda is an academic coach. She specializes in helping gifted students with ADD, ADHD, and executive function disorders. By working intensively one-on-one with her through her program students learn valuable skills and habits for overcoming the debilitating effects of learning differences. Intended for use first in the classroom, her holistic approach can be applied to all areas of life and help a person function better overall.

The first step to combating these disorders is acknowledging they exist. Take the first step and see Nancy’s prospective clients list today to see if your child could benefit from her program.  What have you got to lose?

Call Nancy at Step By Step for Success and discuss options to help your child.


* Step By Step for Success serves the California Bay Area including the cities of Alamo, Danville, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, and other local cities.

Academic Coaching Combats Learning Differences in Orinda CA

Your child doesn't have to struggle in schoolWith diagnosis of learning disorders such as ADD, ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder and Asperger’s on the rise more and more people are turning towards the internet for answers and advice. Why is your child hyper-active? How is your son so inattentive in the classroom when you know first-hand how intelligent he is? The temptation is to find the proper label to place on a child, and to find the quick-fix.

The truth is there is no quick-fix. Regardless of what learning disability a child suffers from there are measures that can be taken and skills that can be learned that will help him or her not only in the classroom, but also in all areas of life. Actually cultivating the seemingly obvious skills of organization, time management, focus, and goal setting can literally turn a student’s life around. The key is in the consistency—something else students with these learning disabilities struggle with.

Orinda-based Nancy Chin works with students to accomplish just that. Her holistic approach is based on creating solid, consistent foundations that enable students to better manage their learning disorders and create success first in the classroom, and later beyond. Stop making it so complicated. Come back to square one, and step by intentional step your child will learn how to function with his or her learning disorder. Contact Nancy today.


* Orinda neighbors Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek. If you or someone you know lives here and has a child who might benefit from academic coaching, we are available.