Coaches Connecting with Clients

Cynthia DeFerrari
Blog Post

With the innovative addition of the Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association (AAPCA) to LifeMAP’s programs, LifeMAP and AAPCA coaches continue to support their clients by collaborating and sharing quality resources, participating in professional training workshops, and practicing effective coaching strategies, ensuring that clients reach their goals. In a climate of ongoing limitations resulting from a challenging pandemic, coaches continue to provide support and encouragement while meeting virtually with their clients. Our clients are reaching goals and adding innovative strategies as they attain their personal best.

By conducting regular coaching sessions, coaches are watching clients accomplish personal successes and aspiring to new ambitions.

One of our LifeMAP clients, Matt Schouten, shared a picture, making one of his favorite recipes from scratch, Japanese rice balls. The long winter months are a wonderful time to make our favorite recipes. Looking good, Matt!

Learn more about the LifeMAP Coaching program and AANE’s Asperger/Autism Professional Coaching Association.


Recipe for “Onigiri” or Japanese Rice Balls
  • 4 cups uncooked short-grain white rice
  • 4 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup bonito shavings (dry fish flakes)
  • 2 sheets nori (dry seaweed), cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Step 1
Wash the rice in a mesh strainer until the water runs clear. Combine washed rice and 4 1/2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer rice until the water is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Let rice rest, for 15 minutes to allow the rice to continue to steam and become tender. Allow cooked rice to cool.

Step 2
Combine 1 cup water with the salt in a small bowl. Use this water to dampen hands before handling the rice. Divide the cooked rice into 8 equal portions. Use one portion of rice for each onigiri.

Step 3
Divide one portion of rice in two. Create a dimple in the rice and fill with a heaping teaspoon of bonito flakes. Cover with the remaining portion of rice and press lightly to enclose filling inside rice ball. Gently press the rice to shape into a triangle. Wrap shaped onigiri with a strip of nori. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Repeat to make a total of 8 onigiri.

Per Serving: 744 calories; protein 14.4g; carbohydrates 159.4g; fat 3.3g; sodium 160.4mg. Full Nutrition