Executive Function Strategies Blog

Neal Elliott

Neal Elliott is a Senior Level Executive Function Coach, Supervisor, and member of the Leadership Team for Beyond BookSmart. He first joined the company in 2007 and is based in our Boston branch. In his role as Senior Level Coach, Neal coaches students and supports other coaches. Additionally, he helps new families learn about our coaching services by responding to inquiry calls and meeting with families for intake meetings. He serves on the Leadership Team and contributes to the growth of the company. While pursuing his Master’s in Education at Clark University, Neal supervised student teachers and did extensive research and in-school support of alternative school models within the public school systems in Newton and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Recent Posts by Neal Elliott:

6 Stages of Behavior Change: Which Stage is Your Child in Today?

As parents, we wish that our influence or our authority could always result in instant and lasting changes to our children’s behavior or outlook.  Sometimes, real changes, the kind of changes that matter and create lasting habits, are changes that our children see a need for, initiate, and make their own. Other times, children need a coach to help guide them through the change process.

Are You Cut Out to Parent A Child With Learning Differences?

Are you “cut out” or “counted in?”  As parents we want to be a positive influence when we help our children with homework or a daily life task. We want to know that we have not simply helped our child push through and get the assignment done, but more importantly, that our child has discovered something key about their strengths and challenges and that our child looks forward to returning to us for support with other challenges. As an Executive Function coach who has worked with many children with learning differences, I frequently hear parents express worry and uncertainty about helping too much or not enough.

Beauty vs. Depression: How to Motivate Students

When I arrived at John’s house on a sunny May morning for our coaching session, he was feeling depressed, especially because he had to reread parts of Lord of the Flies and find details for an English assignment. He protested, insisting that the book was too bleak to read the first time. John had been sad for much of 9th grade and was on the edge of a complete shutdown. He asked why schools make students read books like this. Instead of answering, I asked him to take a walk with me outside.