Executive Function Coaching
What is Executive Function?
Just as an air traffic control system at a busy airport manages the arrivals and departures of many aircraft on multiple runways, executive function skills allow us to retain and work with information in our brains, focus our attention, filter distractions, and switch mental gears.
What are the three basic dimensions of executive function?
There are three basic dimensions of these skills:
Working memory — the ability to hold information in mind and use it.
Inhibitory control — the ability to master thoughts and impulses so as to resist temptations, distractions, and habits, and to pause and think before acting.
Cognitive flexibility — the capacity to switch gears and adjust to changing demands, priorities, or perspectives.
EF coaches help students keep track of deadlines, break down large assignments, slow down and set time limits, and improve sustained attention — particularly around non-preferred tasks.
Middle school students
EF coaching sessions are highly interactive and often incorporate games and play to keep kids engaged.
High school students
Coaches help students learn how to prioritize, schedule, and create effective study plans at school, but also gain important life skills.
These skills help us remember the information we need to complete a task, filter distractions, resist inappropriate or non-productive impulses, and sustain attention during a particular activity. We use them to set goals and plan ways to meet them, assess our progress along the way, and adjust the plan if necessary, while managing frustration so we don’t act on it.
Although we aren’t born with executive function skills, we are born with the potential to develop them. The process is a slow one that begins in infancy, continues into early adulthood, and is shaped by our experiences. Children build their skills through engagement in meaningful social interactions and enjoyable activities that draw on self-regulatory skills at increasingly demanding levels.
At Revelation Consulting, our executive function (EF) coaches use multifaceted and engaging strategies to not only assist students of all ages but also help adults understand how they learn and determine which executive function(s) that would benefit from strengthening.
College students receive support in learning how to manage their schedules, prioritize their daily tasks, and balance their need for socialization with the need to study.
Coaches focus on helping adults learn to take control of their schedules, break down complex goals into manageable steps, and maintain more consistent levels of productivity.
In addition to one-on-one and small group interactive learning sessions to improve executive functioning, Revelation Consulting, LLC offers:
Our EF experts facilitate discussions about strategies to ensure teachers and parents are collaborating to offer a continuum of learning experiences to support social, emotional, and brain development.
We provide training for K-12 teachers in how to support executive functioning development in the classroom by making systemic changes in classrooms and related therapeutic settings.
Early Childhood Parent-Play Groups
This class promotes bonding between parents and children ages 6 to 36 months and helps parents assist young children in developing communication and social awareness skills.