Executive Functions Skills Coaching
Improving Executive Functions Skills

Through Academic Coaching

Rene Steffann, MA, develops individualized strategies and tools, which improve students' executive functions skills and academic success. One-on-one sessions implement mentoring, modeling, and support, which develop new approaches and improve skills to create habits necessary for achievements at school and in life.

Does your child...

  • Leave assignments until the last minute?
  • Struggle to manage and break down long-term assignments?
  • Forget materials at home and at school?
  • Become easily distracted?
  • Have difficulty initiating tasks?
  • Become overwhelmed and anxious?
  • Perform inconsistently?

These behaviors may indicate that your child could benefit from executive functions coaching.

Executive Functions Skills

Coaching can help your child improve Executive Function Skills which affect:

  • Organization
  • Planning/prioritization
  • Sustained attention
  • Time management
  • Task initiation
  • Working memory
  • Goal persistence
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Metacognition
  • Response inhibition

Ways a Coach can help

An Executive Functions Learning Coach provides support in the following ways:

  • Identifies executive functions that need strengthening and develops interventions.
  • Models executive functions skills using relevant material
  • Teaches students the practices of organization, time management and prioritizing.
  • Helps manage homework and long term assignments.
  • Provide guidance for creating goals and support to achieve them.
  • Building habits through the use of tools and strategies.
  • Teaches students to become aware of behavioral, emotional and cognitive control.
  • Develops a relationship of ongoing support while cultivating self advocacy.

Tools for Improvement

  • Calendar/planner
  • Checklists
  • Timer
  • Organized school materials
  • Organized study space
  • Active learning tools
  • Technology resources
  • Promoting self-advocacy
  • Homework plan/schedule
  • Priority lists
  • Note taking skills
  • Memorization techniques

Recommended Reading

  • Smart But Scattered
    by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents
    by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare
  • Late, Lost, and Unprepared
    by Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel
  • ADD-Friendly Ways To Organize Your Life
    by Judith Kilberg & Kathleen Nadeau