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What Does an Executive Function Coach Do?


An Executive Function Coach Supports the Development and Strengthening of Executive Function Skills:

  • Reviewing and interpreting neuropsychological reports and related evaluations from parents, students and therapists to get a more complete understanding of the student's Executive Function challenges

  • Analyzing data, designing coaching priorities and establishing goals with students

  • Identifying a student’s Executive Function challenges and their underlying academic issues and the relationship between them

  • Understanding students’ mindsets and identifying and prioritizing Executive Function areas of concentration

  • Introducing tools and strategies that will "level the playing field" for students, addressing each Executive Function challenge they are struggling with one at a time

  • Regularly reviewing progress and updating coaching priorities based on student progress and mindset

  • Coordinating with the student’s family and academic support team to ensure consistency of support

  • Evaluating progress of Executive Function skill development in each area and making adjustments as needed

  • Anticipating changes and demands in students’ environment and supporting them in being proactive in preparing for transitions and upcoming challenges

  • Collaborating with and referring to outstanding providers of supplemental services

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How Does an Executive Function Coach Empower Students to Become Successful, Independent Learners and Improve Academic Performance?

  • Building relationships with students by creating a safe environment and through positive reinforcement

  • Fostering understanding of student's strengths in order to increase self-confidence

  • Modeling organizational skills and encouraging establishment of a system or routine for homework, writing, test prep, workspace and belongings

  • Helping students to develop planning & prioritizing strategies for homework, short and long term projects and test prep

  • Teaching effective time management skills and study strategies for greatly reducing homework time

  • Identifying strategies to manage distractions and improve focus, concentration and sustained attention

  • De-emphasizing students’ limitations and teaching coping mechanisms

  • Understanding of students’ needs in a variety of settings including periods of transition

  • Expanding student self-advocacy skills and encouraging independence

  • Stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity

  • Developing reading comprehension skills across all academic subjects

  • Teaching the recognition of main ideas and salient features in reading materials

  • Gathering, analyzing and synthesizing information for research projects

  • Teaching and supporting students in all stages of the writing process including: planning, organizing, drafting, editing and revising

  • Developing strategies for problem solving and analysis

  • Supporting approaches for computation of math problems and understanding of concepts

  • Teaching metacognitive approaches (thinking about thinking) including self-monitoring and mindful reflection on outcomes

  • Encouraging active studying strategies to improve retention

  • Using apps and other tools to support students with improving retention and recall of information

  • Developing individualized study strategies

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How Does an Executive Function Coach Improve Relationships?

  • Helping students recognize the relationship between learning and behavior, and encouraging development of appropriate behavior and social skills.
  • Encouraging students to self-advocate and establish good relationships with teachers

How Does an Executive Function Coach Reduce Anxiety & Build Confidence?

  • Creating a safe space for students to express their feelings and concerns related to academic performance

  • Exploring the social and emotional factors that interfere with academic performance

  • Teaching strategies for dealing with avoidance and resistance to challenging situations

  • Helping students to realistically face and work through self-confidence issues

  • Encouraging reflection, flexible thinking and perspective taking to solve problems

  • Celebrating successes and recognizing that academic activities have a positive value