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Training, Education & Research Institute Offers World’s First Life Quality Coaching Coursework in Special Needs Field – Registration Open for Fall 2011 Class

Internationally Recognized Non-Profit Offers Special Needs Life Quality Coaching™ Classes for Professionals to Establish Private Practices; Helps Families Navigate Life with Individuals with Disabilities

San Diego, CA, June 29, 2011 --( As part of its mission to change the way the world views individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, the Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI, Inc.) is offering the industry’s first specialization coursework designed to train professionals to work as Special Needs Life Quality Coaches™. These certified Coaches work with families to ensure that they, and their children or adults with special needs, receive the hands-on support, encouragement, resources and access to knowledge they need to navigate the social service system. Coaches work with families and individuals to determine what they need in order to meet personal goals, and they establish and monitor action plans to help them reach these goals.

“With an estimated one in every 110 children diagnosed with autism today, the need for additional family support has never been greater,” said Dr. Krysti DeZonia, director of education and research at TERI, a UCSD instructor, renowned speaker and author, and the parent of a son with profound and multiple disabilities. “TERI has addressed this need through its world-class support services and education that help to protect the finances, happiness, and quality of life for individuals with special needs and their families throughout the lifespan.”

The Special Needs Life Quality Coach training program is a 16-week course designed to be flexible enough that people who have full-time jobs are able to meet the course requirements. During the class, coaches learn about the types of needs families have across the lifespan, how they can access state and federal funding support, how to coach families, how to implement Life Quality Plans, and how to establish a successful private coaching practice. This training program is experiential, and coaches work in their home communities on assignments that bring them into direct contact with parents, individuals with special needs, programs and services. By the end of the 16 weeks, students are well-networked and ready and able to work as a partner with the parents and become an extension of the families they serve. As part of the course, TERI provides all of the training, paperwork, and post-graduation support Coaches need to start and maintain a successful private practice.

In most states, Coaches are paid privately by the family. In some states that offer individualized funding, state or federal dollars may be allocated for coaching services. Coaches are hired by family members, individuals with disabilities, or agencies providing coaching services.

Christine Douheret, a graduate of TERI’s Special Needs Life Quality Coaching class and a mother of a 24-year-old daughter with disabilities, added, “As a parent of a child with special needs, I can attest that it’s a tough road and not one to go alone. It’s critical to have a coach to help you along the way as your child has different needs at different stages. TERI’s coaching class educates Coaches on the resources that families may not know are available to them. Now that my daughter is a college graduate, I’m helping other families as a Special Needs Life Quality Coach to learn more about education options, disability waivers and life quality plans. It takes tremendous strength, access to knowledge and resources to raise a child with special needs. Special Needs Life Quality Coaches provide this.”

Backed by 30 years of experience supporting children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities and their families, TERI’s Life Quality Services initiative provides world-class support services and education that help to protect the finances, happiness and quality of life for individuals with special needs and their families throughout the lifespan.

To learn more and to register for the September 2011 Special Needs Life Quality Coaching class, contact Ben Burgeson at or call (760) 622-8540. Individuals interested in learning more about TERI’s lifespan support services may visit

About the Training, Education & Research Institute (TERI, Inc.):
Founded in 1980, TERI, Inc. is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) California corporation. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities, specializing in serving individuals who have needs which cannot be met by other existing programs. TERI looks to the future by continuing its commitment to set new standards through establishing model programs, conducting applied research in best practices and procedures and offering training and consultation to professionals, families, and community members. Recognized as a model program in the State of California for the quality of services it provides to its clients, TERI relies on donations from the community and foundations in order to continue to set the highest standards and ensure an uncompromised quality of life to its population. For more information, visit

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