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Executive Functioning Coaching

Club Xcite provides personalized, private, one on one coaching for student’s who require support with executive functioning skills. Tutors will support students with the following areas: planning, attention, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, working memory, problem solving, reasoning, initiation, and monitoring.

(What is executive functioning? Click here)

A student’s feelings of self-confidence are linked with their success socially, athletically or academically. The student’s that Club Xcite support demonstrate an improvement in the following challenging sub areas of executive functioning.

  • Initiation: difficulty beginning tasks and activities, generating new ideas, or problem solving independently.
  • Working Memory: poor attention span, limited focus, mental fatigue, losing track of time or belongings, difficulties with multi-steps, and missing important information.
  • Shift: difficulties moving between tasks or ideas, unable to “let things go” and move on from minor disappointments.
  • Inhibition: emotional reactivity, difficulty weighing alternative choices and considering consequences, poor social filter, and inappropriate behaviors.
  • Cognitive Flexibility: difficulties changing one’s behavior in response to direct/indirect feedback.
  • Emotional control: over-reacting to stimuli, tantrums or outbursts, difficulty considering consequences before acting.
  • Self-Monitoring: lack of awareness of the effect of their behavior on others, poor tracking of successes and failures.

BRAIN POWER WORKOUTS: Memory, Attention and Problem Solving Skills Improvement:

During each Brain Power coaching session the private coach will work with the child on fun interactive games and activities that are meant to improve the brains ability in the following areas:

Attention and Focus

  • Ignoring Distractions
  • Multi-Tasking and Speed Games
  • Deciphering key information from large data

Working Memory

  • Recalling Sequences of objects
  • Pattern and Memorization games
  • Face and name recognition

Problem Solving

  • Making quick and accurate estimations
  • Using logical reasoning
  • Solving Fun Challenge games

Organization and Planning

  • How can we get ourselves organized?
  • Making a to-do list and using a planner
  • Applying organization strategies to real life

Effective Communication

  • Quickly communicating needs to others
  • Communicating with missing information
  • Accomplishing challenges through communication

Flexible Thinking

  • Reacting to changing information
  • Switching between tasks
  • Facing challenges

Time Management & Prioritization

  • Timed task completion games
  • Speed / Quick Decision Making
  • Techniques to successfully manage time
  • Determining an order to accomplishing tasks

Examples of teaching executive skills the “Xcite Way”

  1. Describe problem behaviors. Describe the difficulties in positive terms. Use statements that elicit less defensiveness and more cooperation in the student. “Here’s how we can help make homework more easier for you” or “This strategy hasn’t worked well for us, so let’s try a new one”.
  2. Set goals with the student. Help student set specific goals for themselves. These will include hourly, daily, weekly, and/or monthly goals. “Remember to bring home required text book 3 out of 5 times this week” or “Keep work space tidy during the week” or “Complete everything on my to do list during the next two hours”.
  3. Establish a guideline to reach goal. Discuss which tools will be needed to reach each goal. “I will need a white board in my room to list my daily chores and reminders” or “I will need a prompt from Mom each day at 3:30 to start my homework” or “I will need extra time during testing to complete my work”.
  4. Supervise and assist student following the procedure. Walk the student through each step by providing external cues as needed. “Let’s create a new To Do list for tomorrow, so that when you get home, you can start on your own” or “Let’s review what you will need to complete this week and the things and people you need to help you achieve all this”.
  5. Evaluate the process and make changes as needed. Decide if the plan is working and if not, make changes and come up with new ideas and activities to implement. “You’re doing very well with completing your reading log each week, let’s try and create a math log too and see if we can get more homework completed each night this way”.

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