Executive Function Skills Coaching & Parental Coaching

 

Helping Adults and Children Develop Key Skills

Executive functions are the basic skills of self-management that allow people to live a healthy and fulfilling life. The ability to organise activities, regulate emotions and remember tasks are significant processes, and if these are impaired this can have detrimental effect on a child and adults’ well-being.

Executive functioning hinges on three types of brain function, working memory, mental flexibility and self-control. These functions are highly interrelated, and the successful application of executive function skills require them to operate in coordination with each other.

 

Chartered Psychologist in The Wirral and UK

 

 

 


 

Chartered Psychologist in The Wirral and UK

 

 

 

 

What are the Specific Executive Function skills?

1. Flexibility - The ability to be adaptable, to improvise, and to shift approaches to demands.

2. Meta-cognition - The ability to assess one’s own actions, to self-monitor, and observe.

3. Social Thinking - The ability to understand social conditions and respond to them appropriately.

4. Organisation - The ability to use a systematic approach to achieve a goal or complete a task.

5.  Planning - The ability to develop a set of strategies in order to accomplish a goal.

6. Regulation of Affect - The ability to manage one’s feelings effectively for decision making and task completion.

7.  Response Inhibition - The ability to stop or delay an action rather than display impulsive behaviour.

8. Goal-Directed Persistence - The ability to persevere with tasks that require sustained effort.

9. Task Initiation - The ability to initiate a task without procrastination.

10. Sustained Attention - The ability to maintain one’s focus and attention in the presence of distractions.

11. Time Management - The ability to respond to things in a timely fashion.

12. Working Memory - The ability to remember relevant information and apply it to the task at hand.

Get in touch if you would like a detailed discussion on which of your functions may need developing with executive function coaching and consultancy in Wirral and the UK.

 

 

 

What does Executive Function Coaching look like? How does it work?

 

Generally, an executive function questionnaire is completed first. This creates a starting point and gives me a rough idea of you as a person and your strengths and areas requiring development. We will then take some time getting to know each other and to start building a relationship, as this is vital if we are to trust each other and communicate effectively. I take a holistic approach and want to understand you as a whole and the context you live in, as opposed to a total emphasis on the issue that is troubling you. Then, we move the process forward by developing targets and looking at the best strategies to achieve those targets.

One way we can achieve these targets is through mental contrasting. We can look at potential obstacles that may arise when trying to achieve objectives and finding solutions to those beforehand. It is through this vital preparation that we can devise the best methods to keep you on track to achieving your objectives.

You may have a child with ADHD who has difficulty controlling their emotions, you may be an A-Level student struggling to stay organised or you may be looking for a new job. Whatever may be the case – every client is an individual, there is no 'one size fits all' approach. We work together to look at your circumstances as a whole and work in partnership to advance your growth. Please contact me for more information about executive function coaching and behavioural consultancy in Wirral and the UK.

 

 

 


 

Chartered Psychologist in The Wirral and UK

 


 

Face to Face 

Within the face to face sessions I will work on specific activities and exercises so as to improve the identified executive function areas that require development. This will be followed up throughout the week via the check-ins. Check-ins will be conducted by phone, email, Skype or another preferred form of communication. Wherever you are located in Wirral, the UK or abroad my executive function coaching and behavioural consultancy can be tailored to best suit your circumstances.

 

Intensive A (per week):

1 hour face to face (or Skype if preferred)

1 hour of check-ins (daily check-ins of up to 20 minutes)

Intensive B (per week):

1 hour face to face (or Skype if preferred)

30 minutes of check-ins (three 10 minute check-ins )

Skills Session Only (per week):

1 hour face to face (or Skype if preferred)

 

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One to One Behavioural Coaching

Helping People Make Real Change

For individuals looking to make real sustainable change, I can support your attempts with finding effective methods to achieving that change. One to one behavioural coaching is ideal for those looking to regulate, change or modify their behaviour but are finding it difficult to do so. I work with a range of individuals, children, adolescents and adults with autism, people diagnosed with ADHD or any person simply wanting to make a change.

At the first stage, I take the time to understand you as a person and your situation as a whole. Then, together we identify in what context the chosen behaviour/s most frequently arise enabling us to discover what triggers these particular responses. We can then look at past attempts at trying to affect change and ascertain why they were impeded. Then, we look to the future and the positive effect making real change would bring.

The method we use to accomplish that change is through mental contrasting. Mental contrasting is is a visualisation technique developed by Gabriele Oettingen, a motivational psychologist who wished to improve the effectiveness of traditional self-control strategies like positive-future visualisation. Mental contrasting involves certain basic steps. These steps are:

1) Write down or think about several positive aspects associated with completing your goal.

2) Hone in the most positive aspects.

3) Write down or think about several obstacles in the way of you completing your goal.

4) Hone in on the largest obstacles.

It is only through serious groundwork that we can prepare for these impediments so that when they do occur you are truly equipped to act differently, and truly change your behaviour.

 

 

 

 

Parental Coaching in Wirral and the UK

Providing a Framework for Change

For parents who are seeking additional assistance in parenting, I can offer constructive guidance if you do feel stuck or lost. I work with parents and children who have autism, ADHD or other learning difficulties. I am not just an objective observer, I will use Alternative Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, Psychology and Parenting with Coaching to choose, develop and implement observable and measurable targets for you and your children to work towards. Steps are always small and taken in unison, so that growth is achievable and sustainable.

Like most things, it is imperative that communication between both parties is reopened and renewed. This is done by taking a detailed analysis of the circumstances. As sometimes, it may be third parties that are impinging negatively on the situation. Whatever the case may be, I will work together with all parties to devise strategies to overcome any difficulties.

 

 

 

 

Chartered Psychologist in The Wirral and UK

 

 

 

 

Will I see the child?

This is completely up to the parent. Sometimes it helps for me to listen to the child's point of view so that a complete and well-rounded intervention can be created. Often what is lacking with parent/child relationships is clear communication. It is important that all concerned have a say, so from this perspective (depending on the age and ability of the child) it is beneficial for me to also meet your child.
 

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Where does the Coaching Take Place?

Ideally, I prefer to visit you in your home. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, the home environment is where you spend most of the time with your child. Secondly, if you are having difficulties with your child, it is best that I observe you and your child within a natural or 'typical' environment or the environment in which the difficulties occur. Third, if I come to you, then you do not have to travel and this often fits well with working parents and children that attend school. Get in touch by email or phone for a detailed discussion on how my executive function coaching and behavioural consultancy in Wirral and the UK can help you.