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Executive Function Coaching

Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Children aren’t born with executive function skills, but they’re born with the ability to develop them, and many challenges throughout life can affect their abilities, from trauma and developmental disabilities to age-related changes. The team at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic in Palo Alto, California, offers executive function coaching, intensive training that helps each person learn and improve their executive function skills. To schedule an appointment for coaching, call the office today. The clinic is now offering telehealth to patients in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Napa, Orinda, Hillsborough, Belvedere Tiburon, Blackhawk, Noe Valley, Malibu, Beverly Hills, and La Jolla

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What is executive function?

Executive function refers to a set of cognitive skills that allow you to focus your attention and remember instructions. Your executive functioning links your past experiences with your present action, allowing you to learn from past events and adjust your current behaviors and emotions accordingly.

Your executive function skills give you the ability to succeed in school and work by helping you keep track of time on your assignments and sustain your attention long enough to complete your homework or work project.

What skills are part of healthy executive functioning?

You rely on your brain’s executive functioning for skills such as:

  • Stopping inappropriate actions
  • Thinking before you act
  • Easily shifting from one situation to the next
  • Maintaining emotional control
  • Initiating tasks
  • Planning and organization
  • Self-monitoring

Working memory is also part of your executive function skills. This type of memory allows you to hold multiple pieces of information in your memory long enough to solve a problem, determine your next action, and participate in conversations.

How does executive function coaching work?

Executive function coaching teaches you how to develop and use executive function skills. Your coach at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic helps you understand the importance of executive function for achieving your own goals.

Your program incorporates two components to improve your executive function skills:

Identifying executive function skills

This part of your program focuses on teaching you about executive function skills and identifying your current skills. Using examples from your daily life, graphics, and visual aids, you see the role each executive function skill has in your daily activities.

Prioritizing which executive function skills to learn

The second part of your coaching focuses on determining which skills are most important for you to work on, whether for academic, work, or other goals. Then your coach creates a plan that helps you reach your goals.

Your executive skill training focuses on behavioral strategies, using memory aids, time management techniques, note-taking, self-monitoring aids, daily organizers, and techniques for keeping your emotions in check. You’ll also learn how to advocate for yourself.

Your coach at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic tracks your progress and uses assessments to measure the effectiveness of your program. As your skills improve, external aids are withdrawn so you can internalize your skills. 

If you’d like to improve your executive functioning skills, call Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic today.



Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
366 S. California Avenue, Suite 14
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: 650-204-4779
Fax: 650-204-6502
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