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Dan Messier

Dan Messier

Dan Messier is an Executive Function coach with Beyond Booksmart from Holbrook, MA. He received his bachelor's in English from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., and his master's in English composition from the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he has taught first-year writing as a member of the English department since 2010.

Recent Posts by Dan Messier:

A Day in the Life of an Adult with Executive Function Challenges

If you’re like me, your life is totally together and scheduled and organized and you never feel stressed or overwhelmed by anything.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly true -- but that’s where improving Executive Function skills can help.

Executive Function skills are certainly not only about helping kids manage schoolwork. While adults tend to have better self-management skills than children, they have greater demands in their daily lives to meet as well. In fact, most adults feel that they barely have time to read a long intro to a blog post, so I’ll cut straight to the chase: Here are three common challenges that arise in adulthood and three ways that Executive Function skills can help you rise to those challenges.



Failure to Launch: The Young Adult with Executive Function Challenges

A Day in the Life of Brandon, Age 22

11:30 a.m. I blink and rub the sleep out of my eyes. Mom and Dad are at work and there’s no annoying alarm dictating the start of the day. I grab my phone, and (after checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) I scroll through my emails to see if there are any replies from the two places I submitted job applications to, but I’ve got nothing. Oh well. I’m sure they’re super busy anyway. Luckily I’ve got a place to crash rent-free until I hear back from somewhere.



Selecting the Right Support: Tutoring vs. Executive Function Coaching

You’ve reached one of those moments in parenting that you’ve dreaded: For the second quarter in a row, your son Ethan has come home with poor math grades on his report card. You want to get him the help he needs, so you hire a highly recommended tutor named Zak to help him out. Problem solved, right?



Build Better Work Habits: How Your Brain Changes with Practice

When you work out your body, it’s usually because you’re looking to drop some fat. But when you work out your brain, you’re actually gaining some extra fat.

Don’t worry, it’s not likely to register when you step on your scale. This fat operates at the microscopic level to help lock in skills and routines. How does your brain help you build better work habits? Well, here’s a simplified view.