Smart but Scattered? Need help with skills and will?

Perhaps you are struggling with executive skills- the skills people use to do daily tasks... 

Maybe you are struggling with things like staying organized, completing tasks, sticking to tasks,

following through, emotional control, social issues, dealing with perfectionism,

starting or shifting tasks, staying focused, time management, or more?

Study Skills a need?  Study Skills are more about changing behaviors and developing tools and strategies than they are about cramming down a way to study.

Whether you are missing strategies and need study skills help or have other executive skill weaknesses or perhaps have ADD, AD/HD or are just struggling as if you do... our Coaching can really help...from study skills to organization or managing workload to building coping strategies with gifted students-

Coaching works!!

Individuals with weak executive skills have real challenges.  

Discover how REAL the help can be!  

Executive Skills Coaching works on developing the following cognitive areas:

These skills are controlled by the frontal lobe of the brain just behind the forehead. ​Teaching and reinforcing executive function skills helps children and adults build the necessary skills to be successful, not just in organizational and time-management but in every way... for life.

  • Response Inhibition: the don't read the text while you drive skill !

  • Working Memory: the 'don't forget' skill

  • Emotional Control: the 'don't sweat the small stuff' skill

  • Task Initiation: the 'just do it now' skill

  • Sustained Attention: the 'I can look through the photo albums after I put them all away' skill

  • Planning/Prioritization: the 'set the table after​ you plan the meal' skill

  • Organization: the ' make a to-do list, sort it, order it, tackle it' skill

  • Time Management: the 'when' and 'how' skill

  • Flexibility: the 'Just for today I'll...' skill

  • Metacognition: the bird's-eye view 'how am I doing?' skill

  • Goal-Directed Persistence: the dieter's skill (stick to it!)

​​Frequently Asked Questions

Executive? Is that for businesses?

No. It’s another way of saying attention-centered coaching; the methodology also would be considered AD/HD coaching, as it takes into account the unique brainstyle of the individual, provides accountability check ins outside of the actual coaching session, and specifically is for the individualized approach on anything academic, organizational, and behavioral!

 It's building an awareness, taking action, and building strengths!

Executive Functioning is what we are referring to when we say executive… we are referring to the specific neural network in the brain which governs planning, prioritizing, time management, task completion, task initiation, focus, attention, social skills, task completion, satisfaction control, communication, memory etc.  We are referring to these skills in the context of individuals who struggle with these functions- such individuals who may be gifted or those who may have ADD, ADHD, Aspergers disorder, executive dysfunction, cognitive dysfunction, and the like- but most importantly other people who DO NOT have these disorders, but need to understand and learn mindfulness- the ability to heighten one’s awareness to what it is they pay attention to, in order to achieve goals ,build strategies, or change behaviors.

How can a Coach help?

Our coaches specialize specifically in working with young people and working adults who are struggling with executive functioning issues, or daily life issues involving this neural network in the brain. We utilize specific strategies and processes to help create systems in your life to make changes in these brain pathways. If you are an ADD’er, our techniques will specifically help you, as we have training in neurobiology and have specific training to help people use their brain-style that is uniquely theirs! Those who have other coexisting conditions or issues similar to ADD/ADHD will also benefit from this type of coaching, as it takes into account the unique neurobiology and brain wiring of these creative individuals. When necessary, coachesd will contact (via email or phone) your child's school or chat with teachers or other professionals working with your child to ensure everyone is working as a team. Communication is key to coaching. 

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a dynamic method that aims to nurture your ability to self-initiate change in your daily life. It is a supportive, practical, concrete process in which you and your coach work together to identify and pursue your goals and change behaviors. Coaching helps all individuals to develop the structures necessary to raise awareness to function more effectively and helps those with ADD/ADHD or those with like issues, to learn practical approaches to the challenges of daily life. We teach what medication cannot.

Study Skills? YES!   Organization?  YES!     Help with Execution on what needs to get done?  YES!

How does it work?

Coaching establishes STRUCTURES, taking you, for example, repeatedly through the steps of attending to details, planning, organizing, and prioritizing, until you’ve paved a path in your brain with boundaries to keep you from straying off course. Coaching also helps you build better social skills and communication processes, as you learn to increase your awareness of others’ behavior, then your own, and finally make permanent change. Through a PROCESS of inquiry,-through the use of powerful activities and questioning, the coach guides you in self exploration and learning-teaching real strategies that promote eventual permanent change. Coaching is a process and requires a self commitment, as well as the time for change to take shape. The process length is different for everyone, but typically the minimum amount of time for a person to build rapport and see tangible change in some way is about a month. However, coaching frequency, length of time and session, is determined by the client and coach- it is completely individualized.

Our team uses a coaching model that is an effective approach because it takes into consideration the effects of the client with a specific neurobiology: the unique brain wiring with people who struggle with things like planning, prioritization, social interactions, hyperactivity, impulsivity, time management, planning, sizing tasks, completing tasks, memory, processing speed, starting tasks, sticking to a plan, social skills, and goal setting. Neuroscientists suggest that the brain is flexible in its ability to learn all the time and new research provides evidence of this when the brain is challenged or when new experiences occur. Rehearsing actions actually helps to forge new neural pathways in the brain, allowing it to develop competencies in areas that have been deficient prior. This is how new habits are learned. Coaching paves the pathway for this learning to occur.

Executive Skills Coaching can focus on these or any academic, behavioral, or organizational need:

  • The need for study skills in a big way, but with a coach who will follow up, and provide check ins throughout the week.
  • The need for follow up for accountability
  • Help with follow through and execution of strategies
  • “Zoning out” without realizing it, even in the middle of a conversation.
  • Distractibility; wandering attention makes it hard to stay on track.
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing; such as when reading or listening to others.
  • Struggling to complete tasks, even ones that seem simple.
  • Struggling to remember where things are, where they last were, routines to find things
  • Tendency to overlook details, leading to errors or incomplete work.
  • Poor listening skills; hard time remembering conversations and following directions.
  • Difficulty with social situations, friend making/keeping/phone conversations
  • Difficulty staying on track with goals
  • Difficulty being accountable with themselves in making changes or adhering to tasks promised
  • Difficulty with organization, focus, sustained attention, and engagement in class or in life! 
  • time management,planning, prioritizing
  • note taking
  • increasing auditory processing during lecture style classes
  • building sustained attention and class engagement
  • test taking strategies
  • daily class review
  • content reading and literature analysis
  • research and essay paper writing
  • organization, physical and temporal (from the binder to the mind!)
  • study aides, and mneumonics
  • proper study habits and proper study locations
  • writing science labs
  • editing lecture notes
  • citing sources                                                                                 and more!

Is is just for AD/HD students or those with attention issues? ES Coaching guides students towards using "how-to-learn" strategies as an everyday practice, so they develop stronger organization skills, increased self-esteem, and school success! While coaching is especially effective for AD/HD students, any student struggling with study skills or organizational issues can benefit form coaching because coaching helps children do what they "intend" to do, complete tasks, manage time, and focus!

Can an AD/HD student really learn study skills and strategies? Yes THEY CAN! Medication changes brain chemistry, enabling a child to obtain focus and maintain attention longer- but it does not teach them what to do when they are able to attend and focus- we teach what medication cannot-focusing attention, making eye contact, managing perfectionism, organizing, finishing tasks, managing a planner and schedule, removing the stress from homework time, establishing routines and schedules which work and make children accountable-cutting down nagging and family stressors. 

Does your child have weak executive skills ? This program fits students who may...

•    take longer for hw and studying than they should?
•    working harder, not smarter?
•    not meeting expectations or seems to feel studying is overrated?
•    need help understanding how to study?
•    feel reading material over and over is studying?
•    failing tests but overall a good student?
​•    have difficulty concentrating?
•    have difficulty keeping organized?
•    have difficulty following directions?
•    keeping track of time?
•    day dream in class?
•    become hyper-focused?
•    have difficulty with transitioning?
•    lose their place when they read?
•    is easily distracted or distracts others?
•    has a hard time getting started on work he finds difficult?
•    have difficulty taking notes?
•    have difficulty copying from the board?
•    have difficulty with writing essays, papers,  or other stories?
•    have difficulty with starting math word problems or planning out projects?
•    is failing multiple subjects or struggling across the board?

​We feel these children are some of the most creative, intelligent kids on the planet- let us show you why!  
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 Neuroscientists suggest that the brain is flexible in its ability to learn all the time and new research provides evidence of this when the brain is challenged or when new experiences occur. 
Coaching actually helps to forge new neural pathways in the brain, allowing it to develop competencies in areas that have been deficient prior.This is how new habits, attitudes, and skills are developed.

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