Executive Function Coaching

Executive function coaching is a method in which Dr. Cirillo works collaboratively with high school and college students to help build habits and develop strategies to strengthen executive functions. The model is collaborative in that the coach works with the student to set goals and devise workable ways to reach those goals. The ultimate goal is to help the student develop new habits that you eventually learn to use independently. In other words, the newly formed habits will eventually become part of who the student is are and how they approach their work.

  
What happens in executive function coaching?
The first thing that happens is that Dr. Cirillo sits down with the student and often a parent to make sure executive function coaching is a good fit. This requires a desire to change and willingness to work towards real change.
Dr. Cirillo will explain executive function coaching in more detail.
I would review the time frame (typically at least a semester) and number of sessions per week.
I answer any questions you might have.
If it sounds like a project that the student can believe in and commit to we will ask you (and your parent if under 18) to sign an agreement to engage in the coaching process.

Assessment
In early sessions the student will fill out assessments designed to help both the student and Dr. Cirillo understand what areas you to work on. The student and parent probably already know things the student would like to improve on in their academic life but this can help identify areas needing attention.
               
Goals
Goal setting is a key part of the executive function coaching process. We will work with the student to collaboratively create goals that will then guide the coaching sessions. We will be developing executive function skills as we work together on the student's goals.

Monitoring Progress
Our coaching sessions will include frequent check-ins and monitoring of goals to gauge progress and see if anything needs to be modified.

Why should I do it?
One of the main purposes of executive function coaching is to develop greater academic proficiency. Also typically very helpful for students in coaching are to:
Clarify and achieve meaningful goals
Develop a supportive relationship with the coach(es)
Build autonomy, self-determination, self-awareness and self-confidence
Reduce stress

Our mission is for coaching to be a transformative experience for you the student. The coaching will be geared towards helping you internalize the skills developed in sessions and then move forward more independently with a better understanding of yourself and a set of very useful skills to help you succeed.