"Try and touch the ceiling."
"But that's impossible."
"You're right! Here, try and touch my hand."
Everybody learns differently and has their own way of interpreting the world and their surroundings. Many of our clients are very literal in the way that they think, which directly impacts the coaching ques that we use.
Many times coaches can get stuck in the rut of using the same ques with every client and then are thrown off when someone doesn't understand what they mean.
If this happens to you, don't get frustrated. Take a deep breathe and think about a different way that you can explain it that may make sense to your client. Make it relatable in a way that their brain can process it.
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the head trainer and founder of Specialty Athletic Training. He a member of the Autism Society of Oregon's Board of Directors and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. Ryan has worked with individuals with special needs since 2007 and has over 10,000 hours of 1:1 instruction working with individuals that have various special needs.