“You helped me to develop the strategies that are needed for optimal success.”

-High School Student

Contact Information

Joan Steinberg, M.Ed.
Director of Educational Therapy

4 Militia Drive, Suite 20
Lexington MA, 02421
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Ph. 781-861-3711
Fax. 781-861-3701
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Executive Function Coaching

ILD provides Executive Function (EF) Coaching to students of all ages, as well as adults.  Virtual coaching is available for wherever students are located!

At ILD, Executive Function (EF) Coaching is offered to students of all ages in the context of an educational therapy relationship.  The purpose of EF coaching is to help the learner develop independence in a variety of important areas of self-regulation at home, at school and in life. The executive function processes include: goal setting, planning, prioritizing, organizing, flexible problem solving, self-monitoring and self- correcting. The therapeutic relationship that develops between the student and the educational therapist also helps to foster strong emotional self-regulation, including the ability to take risks, try new strategies, and approach novel tasks with confidence.  A step by step approach to build skills and strategies includes modeling, coaching, scaffolding, articulating the strategy, reflecting, internalizing and generalizing.  Students often develop strategy notebooks to compile and organize their personal strategies into an easy reference.

Skills that students learn through the Executive Function coaching process may include how to:

  • Recognize and reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their own learning profiles.
  • Overcome procrastination and avoid distractions to improve time management.
  • Plan, prioritize, and break down long term projects into manageable parts (i.e. school projects or a job search).
  • Organize and maintain their backpack, notebooks, assignments and other materials.
  • Develop effective and efficient study and note-taking strategies.
  • Create personalized and systematic writing systems.

 

ILD also offers Master Your Mind the SMARTS Way courses for elementary, middle, and high school students who struggle with Executive Function processes.