A Unique Approach
Without strong executive function skills, no amount of subject tutoring, bribes, or threats will help a child reach his or her academic potential. Find the missing piece that stands between your child and academic success through our unique four-step approach.
INTERVIEWS & OBSERVATIONS
The coach will interview the student and parents about work habits, academic progress, goals, and problem areas. Schoolwork, binders, and work areas may also be examined.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SURVEY
The student will complete a questionnaire designed to identify specific areas of executive function weakness and strength. Parents may also be asked to complete a survey from their perspective.
Teachers will be asked to fill out surveys on the student's work habits and academic performance to provide another dimension to the executive function profile.
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION PROFILE
The coach will review all of the data collected through the assessment process and provide an executive function profile that details strengths and weaknesses.
The coach will review the executive function profile with the student and parents and use this information to select several concrete goals for their work together. The coach will help the student see the connection between these goals and his or her long-term academic, career, or personal goals.
In consultation with the student and parents, the coach will create a detailed written plan to improve areas of weak executive function skills while providing the student with the necessary interim supports to progress academically.
The written plan will include a timeline for implementation of each stage, including the gradual withdrawal of parent/coach/teacher supports as the student becomes more independent and confident.
The coach and student will agree on a set of benchmarks to use to assess progress towards the previously selected goals at predetermined dates. The coach will provide a way for the student to visualize and track his or her progress towards the goals to create incentive.
PLANNING & PRIORITIZING
The coach will work with the student to establish a system for recording assignments, making to do lists, remembering materials to bring home, and breaking larger projects into steps. The coach will hold the student accountable for using these systems by monitoring them through frequent check-ins between coaching sessions.
Many students have an unrealistic sense of how long tasks will or should take. The coach will work with the student to develop a more accurate ability to estimate the length of time a task will take. The coach will also provide training in working more efficiently and effectively by minimizing distractions, setting time limits, and working towards small goals.
Work smarter, not harder! Based on the student's executive skills profile and individual goals, the coach will introduce study strategies customized to his or her unique learning needs. The coach will monitor the student's use of these strategies and teach the student how to reflect on their effectiveness and make adjustments as needed.
Based on the results of the assessment phase, the coach will work with the student and parents to establish an organization system for backpacks, binders, and work areas. The coach will help the student clean out binders and organize papers. The coach will continue to monitor the maintenance of the organization systems during coaching sessions.
Learn communication skills that will end the nightly homework battle and restore peace to your evenings. Simple changes in the way we speak with our children can dramatically affect our relationships, their willingness to cooperate, and their views of themselves and their abilities.
PROVIDING APPROPRIATE SUPPORTS
Helping your child succeed in school does not mean doing the work for her. Learn the difference between supporting and enabling. Transform your role from being the homework police to a supportive coach whose support is needed less and less as your child gains confidence, skills, and independence.
The coach can help the family conduct a time audit to evaluate how time is being spent and identify areas of particularly high stress to remedy. The coach will also work with the family to find ways to balance extracurricular commitments with schoolwork.
The coach will be available to the parents to troubleshoot any problems that arise during the implementation of the individualized plan. The coach will provide the parents with tools, strategies, and resources to support them as they support their child's development of executive function skills.