The same is true of coaching, whether I’m working with someone on skype or in person. I still do some fitness coaching, and one of my clients is legally blind in one eye, with limited vision in the other, and completely night blind.
She is challenged by noise and visual distractions of a busy gym, so we did work in the summer outside at a park with calisthenics equipment.
I really enjoy working with her because I know I have to make sure that she understands what I’m teaching her. Can she see what I’m showing? Am I going too fast? How much information is too much information.
I always allow her to set the pace and I’ve learned how she tracks my movements (she follows my brightly coloured runners) and use that as a cueing tool.
Interesting tid-bit: I was participating in an intensive strength coach training group many years ago. The head coach broke us up into groups of 3:
- an observer
- a coach
- a client
Then he told us to practice our coaching methods using only one system of communication. We each had to coach our client using only,
What a rush! I loved it! It was so important to understand, not just that you might be working with someone who might be seeing or hearing impaired, but also, we all have different learning styles.
As a result, I watch, listen, and feel (empathetically and via touch) when working with someone as a fitness and movement coach. I know I have taken many of these observation and teaching skills into my work as a coach.