collaborative process between the parent and the coach


Parent coaching is a dynamic collaborative process between the parent and the coach where the parent’s vision is brought into focus and then steps are crafted week by week to help the parent connect with his/her goal.

This process can help you:


Deepen your relationship with your child


End common battles such as homework, bedtime and chores


Reduce your stress level, and help you find more joy and satisfaction in your role as a parent.

Together, we will unravel your challenges, clearly articulate your goals and develop strategies and a plan of action.


Six-week Collaborative Problem Solving® parent class

Maria Sanders provides a Six-Week Problem Solving Parent Class for parents to learn how to assist children with difficult-to-manage behaviors in a new way! The Collaborative Problem Solving® approach is an evidence-based method to managing challenging behavior that promotes the understanding that challenging kids lack the skill – not the will – to behave; specifically, skills related to problem-solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.

Unlike traditional models of discipline, the CPS® approach avoids the use of power, control, and motivational procedures and instead focuses on collaborating with the child/ youth/ young adult to solve the problems leading to challenging behavior and building the skills they need to succeed.

What you will come away with:


Learn the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach & effective ways to reduce conflict


Build skills & confidence in using the CPS® approach


Network & share information about community resources


Develop a new understanding of challenging behavior & learn new ways to help your child


Rethink conventional approaches to behavioral difficulties and strengthen relationships


Gain support from other parents

Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) offers a new way to understand and help ALL children, regardless of a diagnosis, especially those with difficult-to-manage behaviors, which usually come with a diagnosis. CPS® is an evidence-based, trauma-informed, inclusive, best-practice approach that will help give you insight into what might be getting in the way for those with behavioral challenges, while you learn how to teach the lagging skills.

Maria Sanders’ professional experiences combined with extensive education on the social-emotional, trauma-informed, inclusive approach, give her a unique perspective and insight into the challenges faced by helping complex children.

Maria Sanders works to ensure that misconceptions and lack of treatment do not continue to be barriers to maximizing ALL children’s potential.

Other Workshops Offered by Maria

Maria Sanders offers a wide array of parent education workshops such as:

  • Collaborative Problem Solving®
  • Conscious Parenting
  • Managing Meltdowns
  • Fostering Sibling Relationships
  • Empowering the Parent: Anxiety in Children
  • and many more

What does CPS look like?

These results have been reported for families who utilize the Collaboartive Problem Solving® approach

Reported Results: Home-based Services

Significant reduction in parents’ stress

Significant improvement in children’s executive functioning skills

ADHD and ODD symptoms decreased significantly post-treatment

Significant improvement in parent-child interactions


of pediatricians noted much/very much improvement at 6 month follow up


average reduction in use of seclusions


of children exhibited improved behavior


fewer self-inflicted injuries

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Success stories

What Maria's clients have to say


The parents of St. James Preschool were so lucky to learn from Maria’s thoughtful and candid presentation. It was filled with real world examples that provided tangible tools for more peaceful relationships with our young children.

Parent and School Board Member, St. James Preschool

As a member of our school’s leadership team in charge of community building, I am delighted to say that Maria’s presentation was well received by the school community. Maria Sanders gave me the insight to connect with my children on a deeper level and encouraged me to look beneath the surface at the root cause of some of the unique challenges we face as parents. Having two children with very different personalities, I feel refreshed and motivated to continue strengthening the bonds between the whole family and coming up with solutions that work for everyone. Her talks a must listen for parents of children of all ages. I also found some of the tools I learned to carry over to everyday life and connecting with one’s spouse.

Union Congregational Nursery School, Leadership team

Maria Sanders delivered an informative and insightful workshop to Guggenheim staff members with children between ages 2-14. Maria is a gifted facilitator who can create and deliver excellent content while also being sensitive to the emotions of her audience. The Q&A session was particularly well received as she addressed individual questions with concrete, specific tips that were beneficial for all. I highly recommend Maria and would love to have her return!

Laurie Davis
Talent Acquisitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Maria generously agreed to present to New York University’s Administrative Management Council on Parenting Essentials: Strategies to Support Us During COVID. During a time when employees are very stressed trying to work full time and teach and parent full time, Maria brought a sense of grounding and practical advice. What particularly resonated with me was her slide called “A Child’s Behavior is an Iceberg.” This made me think about my behavior toward my child and how I needed to be more patient and also to take care of myself. I highly recommend Maria!

Kristi Schwindt Ramos
New York University, Graduate School of Arts & Science

As a busy pediatrician I am so thankful to have Maria’s help with the myriad parenting issues that arise for our families and their children. Her conscious parenting techniques have helped parents of toddlers to teens in my practice. I continue to recommend her kind, calm and brilliant care to patients and friends alike. I find her immediately able to connect with so many different types of parents – first time parents, parents of multiples, Spanish speaking parents, parents of children with delays and those of anxious over-achievers. She has a true gift. I am grateful to say that she has even helped me with my own kids along the way and has made me a better and more conscious parent.

M Thomas, MD, FAAP Pediatrician
NuHeights Pediatrics Medical Director, Armada Health

Thank you so much for giving us the right tools to help us be the parents that are able to help our children thrive, and aid us in raising our girls to be happy well-adjusted kids. From the first few minutes of our first phone call to the last, Maria stepped right in asking the right questions that addressed the issues head-on and guided me to think of the solutions and steps necessary to get the results I envisioned. Not only did Maria help with my concerns about parenting, but she helped to self reflect on my life to better every aspect of it. She was flexible with her schedule, always available for us, trustworthy, dependable and more importantly, she regularly encouraged us that we were doing the right thing for our daughter and for our family.

Mom of Two
Montral, Canada

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