Executive function coaching uses practical, structured and scientifically supported coaching methods to help clients with self-awareness and social skills, as well as improving time management, productivity, organization, prioritizing, impulse control and other factors that help improve academic and work performance and quality of life.
Often, smart, talented and creative people suffer from executive function problems. Some of those people have been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger's Syndrome and pervasive development disorders. Others have learning disabilities or emotional difficulties. Some clients simply struggle with the skills that in managed by the executive function portion of the brain.
Executive function coaching is hands-on and focuses on creativity using a clients talents to help them develop coping skills. This method also utilizes providing support and accountability on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. The coach helps become the clients external frontal cortex, providing structure, accountability and motivation until the client is able to develop these functions on their own. Because executive functioning is neurobiological, clients need the most effective strategies for planning, prioritizing, managing time, getting started, maintain focus and other issues.
Coaching helps develop realistic goals, identify roadblocks that may get in the way, learn to use individually tailored strategies, use strengths to do what you need to do, use techniques to stay on task and get things done faster.
What is Executive Function and Why is it Important?
Executive functioning allows people to access information, think about solutions and implement those ideas. There is an impressive list of areas that executive functioning has an impact on and most people do these things without thinking about them.
- Time management
- Problem solving
- Estimating outcomes
- Analyzing sensory information
- Anticipating consequences
- Evaluating possible outcomes
- Choosing actions based on positive outcomes
- Choosing based on social expectations and norms
- Performing tasks required to carry out decisions
- Planning and completing projects
- Struggling with telling stories in the right sequence
- Retaining information in distracting situations
- Initiating tasks and generating ideas independently
Who struggles with Executive Function?
A wide variety of people struggle with executive function. Some people who struggle with executive function have no diagnosable disorders. Others who struggle in this area have ADD, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD-NOS), learning disabilities and other conditions. Often, people who struggle with mood disorders can have cyclical problems executive function.