Executive Functioning Skills
What Are Executive Functioning Skills?
Executive functioning skills are the set of processes that manage, control, and regulate one’s other cognitive processes, and include such skills as inhibition, planning, organization, and working memory. In the next section, we’ll explain how we go about teaching this skills to our students.
We help students use their own assignments and responsibilities to build competence for survival in today’s world. Executive functioning instruction focuses on skills such as organization, planning, prioritizing, self-monitoring, goal setting, and time management. We use one-on-one, individualized coaching sessions, which can range from 1 to 5 hours per week. The students follow a set schedule developed between the student and their coach. Students have the option of utilizing one of our regional offices for their sessions, and support is also provided on campus when the students cannot commute to our office. Virtual sessions are also available when the student is unable to meet in person. Our goal for students is to “teach them to fish”, so that they can eventually learn to handle the challenges of life on their own. We’re a success when the student no longer needs us.
Executive Functioning Skills Sessions Include:
- Setting up weekly schedules that are infused with coaching session times, class location and time, study time, and recreational and social activities.
- Assisting students with creating systems for organizing class content and course expectations
- Creating systems with students to confirm progress in each course.
- Assisting students in advocating for appropriate accommodations and making sure accommodations are in place in all courses.
- Helping students communicate with note-takers, ensuring all pertinent information is included in all notes (i.e. announcements, date changes, assignments, etc.).
- Helping students organize their work and making sure they have everything they need for each course. Teaching students how to break down large, complex assignments into smaller and more manageable tasks.
Who We Are
We are New Frontiers in Learning, an organization founded on the mission to provide the highest quality education, support services, and executive functioning skills to young adults who learn differently.
Who We Work With
NFIL works with a broad range of students, ranging in age and ability level but sharing a common theme—a desire for independence, and a recognition that self-advocacy and executive functioning skills are at the root of their potential success.
Our typical student is between the ages of 15-25 (although they are sometimes younger or older), and they may struggle with various learning and academic differences and/or executive functioning skill deficits. Many times, our students have the academic ability to handle high school, college, or the workplace, but still need the extra supports New Frontiers provides.
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