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Caitlin Keene

Caitlin Keane, MS, CCC-SLP, is a coach and a certified Speech Language Pathologist with experience working with elementary, middle and high school students in school, clinic, and home settings. She specializes in helping students to become self-advocates and take an active role in their education. A graduate of Boston University (MS, Speech-Language Pathology) and Georgetown University (BA, Linguistics/French), she also has experience as a classroom English teacher in France. A strong supporter and contributor to the arts, she also helped found a small theater company in New York City and served on their board as Executive Stage Manager, putting her organization and planning skills to consistent use. Through her various experiences, she has developed a holistic and compassionate approach to coaching, and believes that all students are capable of finding success when they feel supported and are taught specific skills with which they can thrive.

Recent Posts by Caitlin Keene:

5 Strategies to Conquer the Pitfalls of Procrastination

 

Procrastination is an age-old struggle, dating to well before the clichéd advice of Benjamin Franklin: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” And while none of us can refute that Ben was a pretty smart guy, I, myself, have always found it easier to identify with Gone With the Wind heroine Scarlett O’Hara, as she laments “I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.”

Why does your child procrastinate?

Few of us are unfamiliar with that nagging desire to put something off. Perhaps the task is unpleasant, perhaps it is difficult or time consuming. Bottom line - we just don’t want to do it. Our students in academic coaching are no different – when they come to us they are tired of falling victim to delaying a task until they enter crisis mode, time after time. So when your child is on the computer, watching TV, or outside playing soccer the night before that big math exam, it’s important to set aside your frustration at his or her delay tactics and ask a simple question: Why?