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Online Executive Function Coaching for Children
In-Person Executive Function Coaching near Skokie, Evanston, West Rogers Park, WilmetteNiles

What is Executive Function?

The term "executive functioning skills" refers to the set of abilities required to achieve success in various settings such as the workplace, school, or home.

Initiate tasks without procrastination
Complete Tasks in their entirety
Focus and filter out distractions as needed
Utilize working memory (ability to hold information for immediate recall)
Organize belongings, work, and maintaining order in your space
Control Impulses & not do the first thing that comes to mind
The ability to use time effectively
Think flexibly & shift plans given a change in conditions
Ability to manage thoughts, behaviors, & emotions in order to achieve long term goals
Manage emotions to achieve positive outcomes

Effective executive functioning skills are essential for performing various activities, such as:

  • reading

  • punctual attendance at school

  • completing household chores

  • finishing homework

  • setting and achieving personal goals

  • building positive relationships

However, children facing challenges with executive functioning may find it challenging or even impossible to manage these tasks. If your child is experiencing difficulties with everyday activities, it may indicate a problem with their executive function.

How and when does executive function develop?

The development of executive functioning occurs during the period between 3 and 5 years of age, with full maturation taking place between 18 and 20 years of age. This complex set of skills develops gradually over time, making it difficult to determine precisely when a child should begin developing task initiation abilities or when they will be fully proficient. 

Is executive function challenges related to another disorder?

Executive function challenges may be indicative of a broader disorder, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Learning disabilities, or Emotional Disorders.

Symptoms of Executive Function
Challenges in Children

  • Forgetting to take homework/books home from school

  • Challenges transitioning between tasks

  • Difficulty getting started on homework or a book report independently

  • Being easily distracted

  • Trouble following directions

  • Difficulty estimating how long a task might take

  • Moving from one task to another without completing a single task

Symptoms of Executive Function
Challenges in Teenagers

  • Difficulty managing a schedule

  • Challenges preparing for reports 

  • Trouble staying focused on goals

  • Attending school late

  • Challenges troubleshooting other ideas when conflicts arise

  • Struggle with many simple tasks

  • Extremely low tolerance for boredom

  • Challenges juggling both at-home and work- responsibilities 

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What does an Executive Function Assessment Entail?

Assessing executive function skills can be done informally or through more formal evaluations. As a professional, I conduct a comprehensive assessment that includes a clinical intake, clinical observation, and an executive functioning inventory. Depending on the child's needs, additional formal assessments may be necessary. Collaboration with other professionals, such as neuropsychologists or school counselors, is also a crucial aspect of my evaluation process, with the parent's consent

What is Involved in Executive Function Coaching?

As executive function skills vary from person to person, my coaching approach is tailored to the individual's strengths and weaknesses. My aim is to help individuals capitalize on their strengths and effectively manage their challenges. Through collaborative efforts, we develop strategies and habits that enable the child to complete their homework on time, be punctual at school, and manage their time effectively.  My coaching services result in measurable improvements in reducing "homework battles," managing time more effectively, and completing household chores.

Executive Function Coaching for Children Near Skokie, Illinois

I offer in-home executive function coaching ffor children who live near Skokie, Wilmette, Evanston, and West Rogers Park. 

 

Online Executive Function Coaching for Children Throughout Illinois, New York, ad New Jersey

I offer online executive function coaching for children throughout Illinois, New York, and New Jersey.

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