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Consider getting her a job coach.

What you can do

Take steps to help your child succeed in her afterschool or summer job. Reviewing schedules and dress codes is a good start. So is identifying a nurturing coworker your child can turn to for help.

But if your child is having difficulty with tasks and transitions to the point where she’s in danger of being let go, ask her supervisor if you could provide your child with a job coach to help turn things around. You may be able to find free or low-cost resources through your state’s vocational-rehabilitation agency.

What you can say

“Sofia, I know you’re having difficulties at work. I spoke with your supervisor about you possibly bringing in a job coach. He said he thought that was a good idea. It seems like he really likes you and wants things to work out so you can continue to help run the store.”

“Job coaches are commonly used in lots of workplaces, and your coach will stay in the background and not make you stand out. If it’s OK with you, I think this is worth a try for a short time.”

Why this will help

Having a job coach at work to observe and give immediate feedback can help your child develop the skills and confidence necessary to do the job successfully. If the coach is provided through your state’s vocational rehab office, there shouldn’t be a cost to you for the service.

Explore more information on how to help your child in the workplace.

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