Nikita Bhatty Avdic
B.Ed., PGD, M.Ed.
Associate, Clinical Academic Interventionist and Executive Skills Coach
Clinical Academic Interventionist and Executive Skills Coach
Special Interests: Executive Skills Coaching for pre-teens and teens, Clinical Intervention in Special Education-Learning Disabilities (in English and French) and developmental conditions including ADHD and ASD, consulting on child development, attachment and parenting.
B.Ed – French Education (Elementary), University of Saskatchewan
PGD – Cross Categorical Resource Teaching (Language and Learning Disabilities), University of Saskatchewan
M.Ed – School and Applied Child Psychology, University of Calgary
Certification & Special Training:
Certified Coach: Executive Skills and Executive Skills Deficits
Certified Teacher (General Education & Special Education): BC College of Teachers
Certified Facilitator, Neufeld Institute
Facilitator, BC Teachers Federation
Executive Skills Coaching
Academic Interventions – Learning Disabilities, ADHD, ASD
Parent Consulting – Attachment, Development, Emotions
Professional Development For Teachers, Paraprofessionals – Child Development, Making Sense of Children’s Behaviours, Executive Functioning
I have spent the majority of my time in schools working with children as a general education teacher and a special education teacher. Soon after becoming a teacher, I became interested in working with exceptional children, more specifically those children with developmental difficulties, as well as children with behavioural and learning challenges. I believe that adults hold the key to unlock the potential that lives inside every child, and I also believe that every child can succeed and reach their potential with the right kind of help from caring adults.
I strive to make sense of children’s needs and to use my insights to inform parents and educators about what each child needs to flourish and succeed. Philosophically, I consider myself a developmentalist at heart, meaning that my focus lies on the conditions needed for learning and development to happen.
In terms of my role as a clinical interventionist, I have developed a repertoire of instructional strategies that can help children with learning problems overcome academic difficulties and as a certified executive skills coach, I aim to help tweens and teens learn the important organizational skills (time management, task initiation, emotional regulation, etc.) needed for kids to achieve their own goals in life.
Finally, using the attachment-based developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, I offer workshops and talks for parents designed to return parents to their rightful place as the leaders of their children, helping them to develop insights into their child’s needs and make sense of their child’s behaviours.
When and why did you partner with Alongside You?
I partnered Alongside You because I heard about the excellent work that was going on at the clinic through my own work with children and families in Delta. When I met Andrew and Meg to learn more about the clinic, I was impressed by their level of commitment to children and families and their deep belief in social justice related to mental health services. I found them to be friendly and warm, inviting and deeply committed. I also appreciated the openness of their practice and the way they have boldly presented support for those struggling with issues that can be difficult for people to admit. Finally, the therapeutic art component of Meg’s work was what sealed the deal for me, as I do believe strongly as a Clinical Academic Interventionist and Executive Skills Coach that the arts serve as an emotional playground for our feelings, a playground that is vital to our emotional well-being.
What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?
I would be spending my time with children. From a young age, I sought out the company of children that were younger than me. I often looked for neighborhood toddlers and infants to help take care of and play with. To me, there is something magical and fun about children. They possess sweet wisdom that is a gift to anyone who spends time with them.
How do you relax when you are outside of work?
Outside of work I relax in nature, spending time with my dog Mac, reading and I also like to cook. I enjoy socializing with my friends and family, as well as in my community and taking in local music and theatre. I spend a good part of my free time volunteering with local organizations that support animal welfare and the natural environment, the arts and families with children.
What do you consider the most important value?
The value that I consider the most important is compassion. I feel that our time on this earth is short and that our main purpose while here is to help those in need. A society that recognizes the needs of its most vulnerable population (its children) is principled and just. I am proud to partner with Alongside You to support children and families at a time when emotional well-being must take centre stage for the children in our care. Children are the future and when they feel that unconditional warm regard has been extended to them, they have a much better chance of succeeding and fulfilling the dreams that live inside them. To be compassionate is to understand the very important role we have in protecting and serving vulnerable populations such as our children.