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Executive Function Coaching.

A path to success

Our Coaching Components

Executive function coaching is a distinctive service that requires specific elements to maximize its effectiveness. The following components contribute to the effectiveness of coaching at Lively Minds, ensuring it becomes a worthwhile investment of your time and resources.


Two simple evaluations to determine your student’s greatest areas of need from 8 skills, and 64 unique challenges.


A meeting with Lively Minds, your coach, and your family to discuss strengths, goals, and a plan of action.


An intentional match with an experienced educator who we think will make a meaningful connection with your student.


A customized set of lessons from our trademark executive function curriculum, Cerebrate.


The targeted teaching of strategies and systems to develop skills that address your student’s challenges.

Action Plans

Weekly plans with actionable steps to apply the strategies and begin to build habits.

Reach Outs

Midweek reach outs for your coach to provide accountability and support with your students’s action plan.


Weekly monitoring and communication of your student’s learning, progress and overall growth.

What Age?

Parents often wonder what is the best age for students to learn and develop executive function skills. Each school year presents a unique set of expectations for students, and as they grow they can begin to learn new strategies for success.


Kindergarten through 4th are significant grades for young students to begin developing skills in self-regulation, attention, task initiation, organization, and planning, as they adjust to new classroom expectations. With a coach, elementary students start to learn how to:

Focus Areas

  • Learn strategies to stay on task and maintain attention
  • Discover how to be more independent with daily routines
  • Explore working memory strategies for better achievement in math and reading
  • Learn coping skills for strong emotions like worry, frustration, and anger
  • Create personalized organizational systems and work areas
  • Learn how to start and persist with challenging work
  • Develop self-reflections to take ownership of new habits
  • Discover way to transition to new activities


Middle school students need to continue developing self-regulation, attention, task initiation, and organization skills. They must also begin fostering knowledge of prioritization and time management. Coaches will help middle school students learn how to:

Focus Areas

  • Calculate consequences of actions, consider possibilities and plan behavior
  • Discover what motivates them and take ownership of new habits
  • Start and complete assignments and break larger projects into smaller pieces
  • Develop strategies to stay on task and maintain attention
  • Understand and cope with emotions that affect learning
  • Reason, problem solve and consider other perspectives
  • Develop personalized organizational materials and work spaces
  • Start work and persist when challenging


High schoolers need to develop and apply skills to support their increasing independence. They should practice self-regulation, attention, task initiation, review and completion, organization, and time management. With the help of a coach, high schoolers will learn how to:

Focus Areas

  • Develop self-control for inferior tasks with strong impulses
  • Gain insight into motivators and take ownership of lives and habits
  • Apply discernment between doing necessary work or choosing other less important desires
  • Learn to take effective notes, participate in class, study and test well
  • Develop coping skills for strong emotions, anxiety and stress
  • Create systems to organize class assignments, projects, supplies, and time
  • Prioritize, get started, stay focused, and complete assignments and projects on time
  • Learn to track and complete tasks and break large projects into smaller pieces


College students have emerged into a life of independence and new personal experiences, and it is imperative for them to modify their existing skill set as they transition fully into adulthood.  While much of the college learning is self-managed, a coach can aid a student to:

Focus Areas