Executive Function Coaching - Center for ADHD

Specialized approach for individuals diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger's or higher-verbal ASD

Center for ADHD’s executive function coaching focuses on helping individuals move from prompt-dependence to independence.

To be successful in school, at a job, and in social situations, it is required to be able to manage oneself independently, regulate one’s emotions and utilize independent problem-solving skills.  

Research has indicated that a large segment of students diagnosed with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and higher verbal autism spectrum diagnoses do not complete college or post-secondary training.  Additionally, these students have significantly higher underemployment and unemployment rates than the general population.  Executive function disorder is one of the primary reasons for these statistics.

Our cutting edge approach to executive function skill development is based on the work of Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP and Kristen Jacobsen, MS of Cognitive Connections Therapy.

Our executive function coaching teaches strategies to help students feel the passage of time and improve their non-verbal working memory.   These are skills that students do not learn in school yet are of critical importance.  Additionally, we teach skills that will facilitate age-expected independence, without the constant support and prompting of parents and teachers.  

Strategies we teach:

  • Learning how to “feel” the passage of time
  • Learning how to use past experiences to plan for the future
  • Learn how to manage time effectively and develop an awareness of time distractors
  • Developing an organizational system 
  • Creating strategies to get homework completed
  • Managing screen time (video games, YouTube, etc.)
  • Managing non-preferred academic subjects and tasks “the boring stuff”
  • Planning and managing time in order to complete long-term assignments and meet due dates
  • Sharing information in a narrative format
  • Developing situational intelligence (how to be aware of what’s happening in a particular time and space)
  • Self-monitor how plans are working, problem-solve and make adjustments as needed
  • Remember to bring home school materials and remembering to turn in completed assignments
  • Learning how to conceptualize space in order to help stay organized and manage tasks

The work we do with executive function treatment is based on the following premises:

1. In order to a person to improve their executive function skills, they need to “buy into” the process.   We present this work to students as something that can provide them with more free time and can reduce their stress level.  This allows the student to take ownership of this learning process.

2. Much ADHD coaching and executive function curricula consist of creating lists and filling out self-surveys.  We believe these approaches are ineffective with this generation of highly visual learners.   The strategies we use are designed to meet the individual at their age and ability level.

3. There is a physical and spatial component to executive function treatment thus we only work with clients in person and do not offer online coaching sessions.

Read this executive function article by Ryan Wexelblatt, Center Director: “Helping your child shift from prompt-dependence towards independence”.

Please contact us to learn how we can help you or your child improve their executive function skills.