What, exactly, is Executive Function Coaching and what can I expect from an Advanced EF Coach?
Executive functioning is a topic being discussed more and more frequently, everywhere from the classroom to the mental health community to social media. But what does that mean? Executive Functions of the brain are higher-level cognitive processes involved in inhibition of thought, action and emotion. Major executive function components include working memory, inhibitory control, planning, social interactions, empathy, and set-shifting. These components contribute to a person’s ability to sustain attention, ignore distractions, manage anxiety, and succeed in academic, professional, and social settings.
Executive Function Coaching (EF Coaching) is similar to any other coaching, but the game is life. An Advanced EF Coach caters their approach to a client’s individual needs. Some skills on which coaching sessions can concentrate include, but are not limited to:
Simply put, our EF Coaches are professionals who promote individuals' confidence and content acquisition, while celebrating personal growth and perspective success. Coaches help, and their clients earn. Just as a football coach does not play in his team’s games, EF Coaches are not “taskers,” “homework doers” or “test takers”. They are consultants, who work with their clients to help them work smarter and live more easily. In addition to communicating with their clients, our EF Coaches act as a hub for communication among the client’s professional learning community, which may include their parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and therapists.
As a client or client’s guardian, you will have access to our experienced Coaches, who come with advanced degrees in education, counseling, and applied developmental psychology, and genuinely appreciate inspiring and helping others to succeed. All of our EF Coaches have experience creating individualized executive plans, which build upon our clients’ established strengths, while boosting their confidence to face respective areas of growth. There are many different ways to learn; Advanced EF Coaches each bring with them tools and strategies to create an atmosphere where individuals can grow in a comfortable, professional environment. After each session, coaches assess progress and use their findings to plan the next session. Clients have access to their coach’s session notes, so they may reference their goals and developing strategies.
This is a small snapshot of what our EF Coaches can do for clients of all ages. We encourage you to contact us, so we can chat about your specific needs and how we can best support you.