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Executive Function Therapy


Succeed in school or work by learning to keep track of time on your assignments and sustain your attention long enough to complete that big project.

Executive Function Therapy

Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic

Clinical Neuropsychologists located in Palo Alto, CA

Executive Function Therapy

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 therapy, intensive training that helps each person learn and improve their executive function skills. To schedule an appointment for therapy, call the office today.

The clinic is now offering Telehealth to clients in California, Texas, and Florida!


Executive Function Therapy

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.

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.

Executive function therapy 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 therapy 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.

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Dr. Abbey Designed a neuro feedback, visual training for my son who has overall delays. Devin made exceptional progress as a 27 year old young adult. In comparison to therapy he had has for years there was significant changes in social skils, verbal skills, attention and coordination. It was like taking steps in cognitive skills...

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Submitted 09/22/20

I am a private psychologist who has referred many clients to Dr. Abbey's clinic for both assessment and treatment. Dr. Abbey and his staff members have all been extremely helpful and both my clients and their families have reported effective treatment and positive experiences. The assessments and treatment...

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Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey and his colleagues are extremely passionate about their work and truly care about providing the highest quality services to their clients. He is very knowledgable and dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment services to children to enrich their lives. He provides treatments that are based upon current research...

Eric P.

Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey saved our family. This might sound like hyperbole, but it is true. At 5 years, my son was almost non-verbal, and diagnosed by Stanford as being on the Autistic spectrum, and rated 9/10 on the ADHD scale. No private school would take him. A Doctor at the CHADD conference recommend Dr. Abbey to us, and when he did a brain map...

Tina Y.

Submitted 08/26/20

I am not easy to impress when it comes to practitioners. I have been through 20 years of Lyme and mold illness and seen hundreds (literally) of practitioners. Rachael Little at Abbey has been my practitioner for LENS neurofeedback, and I love working with her. She's compassionate, bright, and has a variety of tools that she is well-versed...

Scott F.

Submitted 08/26/20

The clinic itself is fine. The building is in a convenient location on Cal Ave and there's usually parking. Wish they'd leave the bathroom door unlocked, tho. What I'm more interested in is recommending therapist Rachael Little to anyone hoping to feel better or at least know that someone out there cares. I ended up with Rachael mostly by luck...

Matt C.

Submitted 08/26/20

Dr. Abbey is dedicated to his clients and is truly an expert in his field. The time and attention he devotes to his clients is evident. I strongly recommend this practice if you or your child need intervention for an attention or learning disorder. This is a well run clinic that focuses on the client and leverages the staff and Dr. Abbey's expertise...

Jamien S.

Submitted 08/05/20

Neurofeedback at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic has been life changing for my family. I have been shocked and delighted by the amazing progress my 6 year old son has made. My son had a mix of autistic, obsessive compulsive, defiant, hyperactive and inattentive symptoms that have melted away after neurofeedback...

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