Master Your Executive Functioning Skills With an EFC Coach
Executive functioning skills can be critical in today’s virtual learning environment. Luckily, we are here to help learning for students with executive function deficits become easier.
At EFC, our programs are aimed to help students and adults develop and hone their executive functions and learning skills.
We know all too well that in a virtual learning world, there is an ever-increasing number of tabs to track. Improving executive function skills will ensure that the brain is able to keep track of projects and stay on track!
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What Are Executive Functioning Skills?
Executive Functioning skills 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.
The Three Main Areas Of Executive Functioning Skills
The executive functions skill of holding on to information and putting it to its correct use. Executing the sequence of looking up the telephone number for pizza delivery, finding your phone, making the call and ordering pizza is an example of working memory.
The executive functions skill 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.
The executive functions skill of staying focused on a task and ignoring distractions. In today’s virtual learning environment, it could be described as resisting Instagram when you are taking lecture notes.
How Do Executive Functioning Skills Work In A Virtual Learning Environment?
Executive functions skills are part of everything we do, especially in today’s virtual learning world. Improving executive function deficit is vital in today’s virtual learning environment.
Our Executive Functioning Strategies And Game Plan
Building executive functions skills in the brain is a lot like working out. We work with each family through our virtual learning academy to figure out what works and what doesn’t. We provide strategies to help learning for students become easier. Here is the step-by-step breakdown of our virtual learning academy for building executive functions skills.
Executive Functions Introductory Session
In this comprehensive first session, our coaches will work with the family to understand the areas that need improvement, provide some strategies, and come up with a game plan that works.
Executive Functioning Strategies Session
Our coaches work with each student for 1 to 1.5 hours to review their week, talk about strategies that could work and come up with a plan to implement.
Executive Functions Check-in
Our coaches work with each student twice a week for 15 minutes to see how implementation is during the week.
After each executive functions sESSION
Our coaches will provide an email, updating parents on progress and how to best provide support at home.
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Have Questions About Executive Functions Skills?
Executive functions are critical in everyday functioning and help each individual organize, prioritize, plan, complete daily tasks, think critically, and make decisions. These tasks can be something as simple as cleaning your room to something as complex as planning a big project.
The 7 executive functions are remembering information, keeping our lives organized, planning and breaking down tasks, controlling our emotions, initiating and transitioning tasks, controlling our impulses, and setting goals and monitoring our progress.
Executive functioning skills are our ability to perform purposeful, goal-orientated behaviors in an unstructured environment. Read our blog “What Are Executive Functioning Skills?”
Common signs of poor executive functioning in students and adults are having a hard time initiating a task, completing a task by a deadline, turning in a task, expressing emotions, shifting between tasks, difficulties with problem solving and critical thinking, and impulse control.
Of course! Improving executive functions is all about finding the right tools that work for you and then just practicing them over and over again until you have mastered them. Having a coach along the way will help guide you through each step and keep you accountable.
The key to improving your executive functions is motivation, tools, and accountability. We have to have motivation to improve our lives in order to use the tools that will help our executive functions. If we want to continually improve, we have to have an accountability factor put in place.
Executive functions develop over time with the right learning environment. Some learn them in high school, while others learn them in college or at their first job. Developing them takes commitment and is hard. Having friends, family and maybe even a coach to keep you accountable throughout the process is very important.
Understanding executive functions can be confusing. Some very common and hopefully relatable examples of executive functions include understanding and breaking down the main idea of a project, assignment or task, starting that task, making decisions, and controlling impulses.
Yes! Some of us naturally develop these neurological pathways and have learning environments that allow them to flourish. However, for some, these skills are just dormant and need to be booted up and trained.
The first step to learning about Executive Functions is to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie with these skills. Then from there, having a coach that can help you build specific strategies towards tackling each weakness using your strength will be critical to learning how to master your executive functions.
In Psychology, executive functions are often defined as one’s ability to plan and execute tasks, make decisions, control their impulses, regulate their emotions, shift from one task to another, and understand and communicate instructions.
Absolutely! If there is strong intrinsic motivation for change and a willingness to stick to a daily, weekly routine then anyone can improve their executive functions.
Executive functions that have to do with ADHD are generally pinpointed to impulse control, mental and spatial planning, shifting from one task to another, and working memory.
Our executive functions are called into action the most during stressful situations, good or bad. However, when a situation becomes toxic, our ability to perform executive functions is limited, and we tend to shut down. This is oftentimes equated to feeling like you are in a foggy-blinded state.
There are a few components to this, but the two main components are working memory and shifting. Working memory helps us take in information, understand it, and break it down. Shifting helps us go from one topic to the next fluidly and cohesively. Both of these play a critical role in reading comprehension.
Our executive functions are housed in the prefrontal cortex of our brain, so in short our frontal cortex plays a role in all of our executive functions from working memory to critical thinking.
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