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Executive Functioning and Coaching
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What is executive function coaching? Executive function coaching focuses on improving attention, managing emotions, coordinating and planning activities, and reflecting on and changing approaches. You can set your own goals during coaching sessions.

What can executive function coaching help with? Executive functioning challenges can be associated with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Anxiety, Depression and Mood Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities (LD)

  • Epilepsy, Seizures, Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders

  • Closed Head or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

  • Strokes

How does executive function coaching work? Executive function coaching helps people improve their functioning in a variety of ways. For example, identifying the individual's challenges with executive function. Goals are set after identifying the target areas, and strategies and tools are taught to assist in overcoming challenges. Coaches can assist by:

  • Focusing on strengths to increase confidence

  • Teaching organizational skills and routines

  • Teaching time management skills and strategies

  • Teaching strategies to help manage distractions, and improve attention and concentration

  • Teaching skills for gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing information

  • Teaching strategies for solving problems

  • Using tools to help with memory

What happens in a typical executive function coaching session? Each executive coaching session is tailored to the individual's needs and focuses on a specific aspect of executive functioning. The first time you meet with your coach, you'll likely identify the area of focus and set some goals related to it. In general, each session will begin with an overview of the previous week and any homework assignments assigned for practice, as well as an opportunity to solve any challenges. It is likely your session will begin with setting an agenda and identifying the challenge you wish to address.

Afterwards, you'll learn strategies to help you improve your executive function. For example, you might worry about how you will complete a large work project. In coaching, your coach may help you break down the project into smaller parts, develop strategies for tackling each part, and teach you how to manage your time effectively. Assignments such as practicing the time management tool are usually given at the end of each session.

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