What is Executive Function Coaching?

An EF Coach works in partnership with their client to combat their executive function challenges by learning how to utilize their strengths to attain goals, in turn reaching personal success. You will hear me say this a lot. Success looks different in everyone. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Change might not happen in a month. But with the right training, education, and coaching one can learn how to compensate for their executive function challenges and achieve their hopes and dreams.

 

Executive Function refers to the operations of the brain that control and facilitate the execution of skills and behaviors required to achieve chosen goals. This set of processes neurologically assists with the management of resources to complete predetermined tasks.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does an EF Coach support the development and strengthen EF 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

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

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

  • 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

How does an EF Coach improve relationships?

  • Helping one recognize the relationship between learning and behavior and encouraging the development of appropriate behavior and social skills.

  • Encouraging one to self-advocate and establish good relationships with teachers

  • Offering parents an opportunity to take a break from their role as "the homework police" and ending homework battles between parents and children

How does an EF Coach reduce anxiety and build confidence?

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