1-on-1 EF Coaching

1-on-1 EF Coaching

What Can Executive Function Coaching Do For Your Student?

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION: THE BASICS

What is Executive Function?

Executive Functions (EF) are the skills that we use to set a goal, make a plan, and then do the steps needed to complete the plan and meet the goal. There are three main areas of executive function

Working Memory – The executive function of keeping information in mind and putting it to its correct use. Looking up the telephone number for pizza delivery, finding your phone, making the call and ordering pizza are examples of working memory.

Cognitive Flexibility – The executive function of looking at things in more than one way.  If you are preparing a presentation and decide that graphs would be more effective than pie charts, you are using cognitive flexibility.

Inhibitory Control – The executive function  of staying focused on a task and ignoring distractions. In younger children, this might be seen as resisting the urge to shout out an answer in class.

How Do Executive Functions Work?

Executive functions are part of everything we do. Suppose you want to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What executive function steps are involved? You need to get the bread, get the peanut butter, and get the jelly. You need to get a knife to spread the peanut butter and a spoon for the jelly. You need to get a plate to put the finished sandwich on. That is six distinct steps and you haven’t started making the sandwich yet. Most of us can make a sandwich while talking on the phone or watching TV. The executive functions of making decisions, planning, and execution are mostly automatic and unconscious.

What is Executive Function Disorder?

For a person with an executive function disorder, each of the steps to make a sandwich is an opportunity to go off track and move on to something else. Simply put, an executive function disorder is any condition that consistently hurts a person’s ability to complete tasks. There are a number of conditions which can negatively affect executive functions. ADD/ADHD is the most commonly known. Depression, anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), autism, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also have a negative effect on executive functions.

What Can Executive Function Coaching Do For Your Student?

How Can MY Education Guru (MEG) Help With
Executive Function Disorders?

Executive Function Coaching

Teaching Skills And Strategies

Recommended 1-on-1 Execution Function Program

  • Weekly 60 minute sessions for Execution Function Strategy Building
  • Two 15 minute executive function skills check-in’s each week
  • Sessions and check-ins can be done in person or by video chat
  • Total Value: $600
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How Can MY Education Guru (MEG) Help With
Executive Function Disorders?

Executive function disorder West LA

Executive Function Coaching

Teaching Skills And Strategies

Recommended 1-on-1 Execution Function Program

  • Weekly 60 minute sessions for Execution Function Strategy Building
  • Two 15 minute executive function skills check-in’s each week
  • Sessions and check-ins can be done in person or by video chat
  • Total Value: $600

An executive function disorder is not an illness to be cured or a habit to be broken.

Most students with an executive function disorder have a learning difference such as ADD/ADHD which leads them to process information differently than their peers. Their process isn’t “wrong”, just different. A MEG Executive Function Coach (EF Coach) understands how these students work. With that knowledge, the EF coach can teach the student skills and strategies to adapt and function in a world that isn’t designed for their way of thinking and working.

Study Skills Student Group

Students who have executive function disorders are usually very aware of it.

They may not know the terms, but they know they have bad grades because they forget to do homework or turn it in on time. This often leads to anxiety and low self-esteem.

A wonderful additional effect of EF coaching
is that students anxiety is reduced and self-esteem raised:

Students who learn to manage their executive function disorders become happier and more confident!

One-on-One Coaching

With One-on-One coaching, our Executive Function Coaches get to know each student as an individual.

EF coaches work with students to identify their specific challenges. With that knowledge, the EF coach creates an individual program of executive function training for that student. We then help the student put their executive function training to work. By teaching our students executive function skills and executive function strategies, EF coaches help students function in school and in life. Executive functions that are simple to most people, like keeping a calendar or planning the events for the next day or two, can be overwhelming to a student with an executive function disorder.

One-on-One executive function coaching is much more than simply teaching skills. Our EF coaches get to know their students. We’ll find out if their inability to start a project stems from simple distraction or from anxiety. We get to know the why behind their challenges.  An EF coach gives encouragement and support. If a more stern approach is needed, the EF coach can provide it in a non-emotional way. And when a student slips up, their EF coach is there; not to criticize but to say “let’s look at this and figure out where we can do better”.

One-on-One executive function coaching is usually done in person, but can also be done via video chat. Students in One-on-One executive function coaching will often schedule 15- or 30- minute video chat “Check-Ins”. In a Check-In, the EF coach will help keep the student on track by reviewing previous plans, adjusting current plans where needed, and making new plans. A few minutes on video chat with an EF coach can go a long way in helping students manage their lives. That extra support is often part of a student’s executive function coaching plan.

"...When a student slips up, their EF coach is there; not to criticize but to say “let’s look at this and figure out where we can do better".

One-on-One Coaching By Video

In addition to in-person meetings, One-on-One executive function coaching can be done very effectively via video chat.

Our EF coaches use Google Meet to work face-to-face and G Suite to share documents and calendars. These tools allow our EF coaches to give every student a fully personalized experience. Students in One-on-One executive function coaching will often schedule 15- or 30- minute video chat “Check-Ins”. Most check-ins are done through Google Meet. 

In a Check-In, the EF coach will help keep the student on track by reviewing previous plans, adjusting current plans where needed, and making new plans. A few minutes on video chat with an EF coach can go a long way in helping students manage their lives.
That extra support is often part of a student’s executive function coaching plan. 

One-on-One Coaching

With One-on-One coaching, our Executive Function Coaches get to know each student as an individual.

EF coaches work with students to identify their specific challenges. With that knowledge, the EF coach creates an individual program of executive function training for that student. We then help the student put their executive function training to work. By teaching our students executive function skills and executive function strategies, EF coaches help students function in school and in life. Executive functions that are simple to most people, like keeping a calendar or planning the events for the next day or two, can be overwhelming to a student with an executive function disorder.

One-on-One executive function coaching is much more than simply teaching skills. Our EF coaches get to know their students. We’ll find out if their inability to start a project stems from simple distraction or from anxiety. We get to know the why behind their challenges.  An EF coach gives encouragement and support. If a more stern approach is needed, the EF coach can provide it in a non-emotional way. And when a student slips up, their EF coach is there; not to criticize but to say “let’s look at this and figure out where we can do better”.

One-on-One executive function coaching is usually done in person, but can also be done via video chat. Students in One-on-One executive function coaching will often schedule 15- or 30- minute video chat “Check-Ins”. In a Check-In, the EF coach will help keep the student on track by reviewing previous plans, adjusting current plans where needed, and making new plans. A few minutes on video chat with an EF coach can go a long way in helping students manage their lives. That extra support is often part of a student’s executive function coaching plan.

"...When a student slips up, their EF coach is there; not to criticize but to say “let’s look at this and figure out where we can do better".

One-on-One Coaching By Video

In addition to in-person meetings, One-on-One executive function coaching can be done very effectively via video chat.

Our EF coaches use Google Meet to work face-to-face and G Suite to share documents and calendars. These tools allow our EF coaches to give every student a fully personalized experience. Students in One-on-One executive function coaching will often schedule 15- or 30- minute video chat “Check-Ins”. Most check-ins are done through Google Meet. 

In a Check-In, the EF coach will help keep the student on track by reviewing previous plans, adjusting current plans where needed, and making new plans. A few minutes on video chat with an EF coach can go a long way in helping students manage their lives.
That extra support is often part of a student’s executive function coaching plan. 

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They helped my son with tools to support his executive function and organizational skills.

— C.M., Parent —

MEG Study Hall

The MEG Study Hall provides a supervised, distraction-free environment with structured executive function coaching.

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For a student with an executive function disorder, the home can be a challenging environment to do work in. Parents, siblings, pets, and games are all potential distractions. Let’s not even consider their ever-present smart phone.

In Study Hall, students check in with an EF Coach and tell them what they will be working on and what their goal is. A MEG EF Coach can then check in with them periodically to help them use the skills and strategies they are learning. In many cases, just a small amount of executive functioning supervision is all that is needed for productivity to skyrocket.

Students receiving executive function coaching also have unlimited access to the MEG Study Hall.

MEG Study Hall

All students who are taking One-on-One coaching also receive unlimited access to the MEG Study Hall.

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In Study Hall, students check in with an EF Coach and tell them what they will be working on and what their goal is. An MEG EF Coach can then check in with them periodically to help them use the skills and strategies they are learning. In many cases, just a small amount of supervision is all that is needed for productivity to skyrocket.