Check out the answers to many
frequently asked questions.
How much does Executive Function coaching cost?

Our Executive Function coaching programs for students start at $156 per week. We know that when it comes to effective 1:1 support, one size doesn’t fit all. For this reason, we have three unique coaching programs that offer their own set of session times, features, and core goals. You can visit our pricing page to learn more about each offering. 

Does Beyond BookSmart coach adults as well as students?

Since 2006, we have coached hundreds of adults in addition to the thousands of students we have worked with. In 2020, we created a new division, WorkSmart Coaching, especially for adults who are seeking Executive Function support. Visit WorkSmart Coaching and learn more about how we help adults become more effective.

Can I use my insurance for coaching services provided by an Executive Function coach?
We would love to accept insurance but EF is considered an elective option. While insurance companies do not provide diagnosis or service codes for EF coaching, some clients have explored alternative funding options for our coaching services. 

FSA/HSA Option:
 If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA), you may consider using these funds to cover the cost of coaching services. It's important to note that FSA/HSA providers may have varying requirements and approval processes. We recommend reaching out to your FSA/HSA provider to inquire whether our services qualify as an approved use of these funds.

529 Plan Option:
 Another potential avenue for financing coaching services is by utilizing 529 Plan college funds. To determine if this is an option for you, please contact your 529 Plan provider for more information.
Who benefits from coaching?

We work with many students, parents, and adults who are struggling to manage their work, due to ADHD, diagnosed Executive Function deficits, or other learning differences. These individuals are often frustrated and discouraged, especially when their challenges are perceived as laziness. Most of the people we work with are very bright but haven’t been taught the tools and strategies required to achieve success. Our coaches provide the encouragement, strategies, and insight one needs to become more effective and confident in life. Parents gain peace of mind as they see friction at home subsiding - replaced by greater independence and less nagging.

How long does the coaching process typically take?

The coaching process is transformative and takes time. Students in coaching are learning entirely different ways of viewing themselves and discovering their own motivation, often for the first time. Beyond skill-building, we’re helping individuals to take responsibility for their life’s direction. For work at this level, coaching can take many months, depending on one’s readiness for change and the scope of their needs. Progress is dependent on several variables such as how motivated the individual is, how self-aware they are, how narrow or broad the goals are, and how long the challenges have been present. A highly motivated but disorganized person may need just a short time to learn, practice, and internalize a new plan for managing their daily life. By contrast, a person who is easily frustrated struggles with attention, and doesn’t know how to get work done on time might need more time to learn the specific skills they will need and to apply them independently. Our goal is to help clients achieve confidence, competence, and independence as quickly as possible. Our reputation is built on that premise.

What are Executive Function skills, and how do they relate to academic success?

Executive Function is the set of self-management skills that help people achieve goals. In order to effectively meet the challenges of ever-increasing school, work, and life demands, people must be able to manage their emotions and attention, organize and plan their work and time, and reflect upon and revise their tactics as circumstances change. Our goal is to help individuals become more effective by teaching skills that apply well beyond the current challenges faced. Coaches use real-life situations from school or work as vehicles to build these Executive Function skills.

What do you mean when you say that your work is “coaching” instead of tutoring clients?

As coaches, we teach the skills that allow one to become effective and independent. We use current challenges - a night of homework, preparing for a test, preparing a presentation, turning in hours worked on projects, balancing a social life with academics or work - as a springboard to teach how to approach the next challenge. We apply a gradual release approach where we begin with considerable support and then focus on the client’s acquisition of tools and strategies so that they can become more capable of doing the work on their own. As one sees success, they become more confident, more willing to invest greater effort, and more capable of working independently. In addition to the school/work-specific skills that this sort of coaching provides, the Executive Function lens allows us to build broader skills, such as time management, organization, sustained attention, and self-awareness, that lead to success in other areas of life.

Where do the sessions typically take place?

Coaching sessions are held via Zoom from wherever will be most conducive to a coaching session.

Why coach online?

Online coaching provides greater flexibility for scheduling and more options in finding the right coach for your student from our 350+ coaches on staff. Clients can also work with their coach in the safety and convenience of their own home or office. Lastly (and most importantly), we coach online because we've found through our research that it works in improving Executive Function skills.

What days/hours are these sessions possible?

Weekly coaching sessions can be scheduled on any day and time that's convenient for you (including weekends.)

How will you measure progress?

Beyond BookSmart has developed a secure online portal that clients can access to view priorities, tools, and strategies addressed in coaching sessions. Coaches also include assessments in two areas: mindset and mastery of a particular skill. We track progress along both of these lines. Clients can see notes regarding session highlights and the degree of mastery of different tools in the portal.

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