Kaizen In-House Psychologist

John Laing

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John Laing

In-House Psychologist
Registered Psychologist

John is a registered psychologist who has worked in the education system for the past 9 years. Prior to this John provided family-based mental assessment and intervention to children, adolescents, and parents experiencing a variety of challenges including mental illness, addictions and domestic violence as counsellor with a local community-based mental health organization.

Through his experiences, John fully understands and appreciates the importance of a team-based collaborative approach when working with students and parents in support of their own goals. John understands the complexities of education systems, today’s classroom, as well as the difficulties teachers often face in supporting all learners in their classrooms which makes him a perfect fit for Kaizen! He understands the difficulties parents often face in navigating education systems and the barriers they face. John believes it is vital to a student’s success to engage all key stakeholders in a student’s life and utilizes a “wraparound” consultation process to identify strengths and areas for support across multiple environments, when appropriate.

Through this perspective and respect John has for an individual’s autonomy, John is well known for his ability to engage and build rapport with “difficult” teens and children, as well as parents and teachers who often have a variety of different perspectives and experiences. John is honored to support Kaizen families in navigating the challenges their children face in this complex world. He feels fortunate to join them in their journey toward new understandings and direction.

John’s expertise includes helping students and families navigate the complexities of:

  • ADHD and Learning Difficulties
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Understanding your child’s learning profile
  • Relationship building and social skills development

John is particularly gifted in working with youth and their families to navigate the ins and outs of ADHD and other learning challenges which makes him a perfect fit for our Kaizen family! After working extensively within school systems, he deeply empathizes with how issues with impulsivity and/or inattention impact children’s abilities to manage their environment.

He has an astute understanding of how ADHD impacts Executive Functioning and how it relates to managing everyday tasks and meeting daily expectations at home and at school, including social, emotional, behavioral and academic demands. He also believes in the importance of addressing all components of the family’s system if a change is to be actualized and sustained.

John has extensive experience working with children, youth and adults to see acceptance, pursue happiness and support them in removing barriers in their lives, empowering them with the tools and skills to make their own journey more successful. He is thrilled to support both Kaizen families and the Kaizen superhero team, continuing their journey toward progressive and continuous improvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
How does Kaizen determine what my child’s Executive Skills strengths and deficits are?
We are data collectors. We gather as much relevant data regarding your child's learning as possible. This includes feedback from the parents, educational psychological assessments (if available), information from Kaizen's free questionnaire, and any school evaluations or assessments that can be shared with us.

Kaizen has partnered with Mindprint Learning, creator of the world’s leading online cognitive test developed by neuroscientists in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Penn State University’s Perelman School of Medicine. This Learning Profile Assessment, combined with two, 1:1 consultations with Kaizen’s Director gives you a clear picture of where your child shines and where they need support.

Learn more about the Learning Profile Assessment.

We also offer a FREE online questionnaire to help you identify your child’s Executive Functioning needs & strengths before committing to the Coaching Intake Process.

Is Kaizen Coaching the same as tutoring?
No. Tutoring teaches students WHAT to learn; Kaizen teaches students HOW to learn and WHY it’s important. The essence of Kaizen Education Services is to foster results through incremental steps, focused on building confidence through understanding. Our objective is to highlight the importance of establishing differentiated processes and systems that contribute to the overall long-term personal and academic growth of each learner. Empowering brains for learning and life. Skills that can be applied across your child’s entire curriculum and beyond.
How does my child start their coaching sessions with Kaizen?
Contact us to book your intake, and we will match your child with a coach so that they can get started.
My child has had a psychoeducational assessment completed and needs help. Is Kaizen the right fit?
Certainly! Oftentimes, a psychoeducational assessment is completed and results are shared, but lack guidance and support for the appropriate next steps leaving you, the parent, wondering, “What now?” If strategies are provided, you are often left to your own devices which can create additional frustration.

The curriculum from which Kaizen operates is tailored to your child and their very specific needs. By sharing the results of your child’s psychoeducational assessment with your child’s coach, we can work together to best support your child academically, intellectually, and beyond.

My child has ADHD. How can Kaizen Coaching help?
Typically, executive functions are delayed up to 30% in a child diagnosed with ADHD. More than 85% of Kaizen’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than 70% with an additional or other learning difference. Executive Function deficits are amplified in those with ADHD and, as a result, our coaches are specially trained in effective strategies and methodologies to best support your child.

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