Executive Function Coaching
The Importance of Executive Functioning Skills
Those who seek my support in strengthening their executive functioning skills frequently mention feeling overwhelmed and in need of more effective time management skills. In these instances, students and adults, alike, often lack the foundational skills required for long term success and can benefit from executive function coaching.
“Executive functioning skills” are a hot-topic in education circles today, and while this buzz phrase can sound like a passing fad, The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child defines executive functioning as “the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.”
What is Executive Function Coaching?
In my capacity as an academic and executive function coach, I help students and adults to develop the higher-order thinking and self-regulation skills that they need to succeed in school and in life.
While developing strategies that pertain to executive functioning can be particularly useful for those who have learning differences, ADHD, or trouble with self-regulation, everyone can benefit from these skills.
Approach & Process for Children
Executive functioning skills are always a part of your child’s education, but deficiencies are often illuminated during the changing expectations of middle school.
When difficulties arise, parents will sometimes feel like their child “should” know how to manage their time, plan ahead, stay organized and self-regulate by their age. Unfortunately, it does not work like that. Executive function skills are not inherent. Like any other skill, they must be learned and practiced, regardless of a student’s age.
Through my executive functioning work, I guide students in shaping thought and behavior patterns that help them to solve problems, act with initiative and reflect on their practices so that they are always aware of what is working for them and what is not.
It is important that we continue to emphasize and acknowledge that students are human beings who will always have areas of weakness, so our goal is to not change the person that they are, but rather to find ways to expand their strengths and overcome or compensate for their weaknesses, all while remaining confident in the face of challenges.
Approach & Process for Adults
Executive functioning skills tailored to adults who need support with organization, time-management, productivity, are a necessity when aiming for a life that is both externally productive and internally fulfilling.
Clients who seek out assistance in these ways often list the ways that they regularly feel overwhelmed, struggle with time management, and internalize residual discouragement after not accomplishing things in the manner in which they assume is the “correct” way.
Through my process, I prefer to challenge clients to approach the process with eagerness and positivity. Rather than opening the discussion with perceived flaws, I encourage the client to share their idealized version of life that will exist upon successful completion of our consultation. Does the client envision a more constructive and fruitful professional life? Perhaps a healthier relationship with their family and loved ones, or finally reaching their personal goals for health. Each individual has varying visions for a prosperous future, though recurring themes are often present: dreams of increased confidence, competence, productivity, and internal peace.
The process is to identify the client’s goals, and develop a series of cornerstone habits that feed directly into this objective. What is the next smallest thing that can be done to move towards this goal? Through backwards planning, we will establish the steps necessary to create incremental change.
Ultimately, there is no evergreen approach, nor magic bullet for success. Rather, it comes down to decisions that we make each and every single day.
In our work together, I help each client to reconstruct their daily lives and individual choices in a way that creates a paradigm shift in the lives of each client to create space for change.
Some of the Skills We’ll Develop:
The Benefits of Executive Function Coaching
Executive function skills are the foundation for success later in life, and they are one of the only skills taught in school that will undeniably be utilized by all students regardless of the career path they pursue.
As I tell my students, they may not use trigonometry as an adult, but they will undeniably face difficult tasks and have to overcome them. That is what they are really learning how to do.
With the help of strong executive functioning skills, your student will have the foundation necessary to assess difficult tasks, break them down into manageable bites, focus intently on the work that needs to be done, and complete their work effectively.
“Lindsay has been a great resource for me. I came to her looking for help with my executive functioning skills namely organization and time management. Not only has she been great in helping me to develop processes that allow me to be more productive but also in my overall mindset.”
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