Executive Functioning Tutoring
Success in school is generally attained when students work hard, pay attention in class, do their homework, and prepare diligently for quizzes and tests. However, some students find doing these things far more difficult than others. In many cases, it is a lack of what is called “executive function skills” that explains the trouble a student is having in school.
What are Executive Functions?
The executive functions include working memory, sustained attention, planning and prioritization, organization, time management, flexibility, and goal-directed persistence. We dedicated one entire podcast episode to the difference between executive function skill development and private tutoring but there is often much overlap.
How do we help?
To help students build executive function skills, we have partnered with Chicago Home Tutor, founded by Laura, who is a nationally certified school psychologist working in the Chicago area. She graduated Valedictorian from Truman State University with a Psychology degree and a minor in Computer Science. After college, she served as a case manager for foster children. She then completed her degree in School Psychology from Illinois State University with a 4.0 grade point average.
Laura has worked as a school psychologist, academic interventionist, special education team facilitator, Response to Intervention (RTI) team organizer, and behavioral interventionist since her graduation, working with academic and behavioral problems at every level from the general education student to special education populations.
Our school psychologist tutors are skilled in implementing supports to help improve your child’s executive functioning. Examples include the use of time management tools (planners, alarms and checklists), memory strategies (mnemonic devices, automaticity and cognitive training) and social skills training to practice flexibility and theory of mind (taking the perspectives of others).
Every tutoring session is designed with your child’s executive functioning needs in mind. We start with a free phone call, followed by a diagnostic session and the development of a customized plan to help the student build executive function skills in a way that integrates with the student’s academic coursework.
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