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Our 5-Step Executive Function Coaching Process

Step 2: Match & Assessment

During the assessment, we evaluate your student's current executive function skills to establish a baseline by which we will measure progress.


Through this assessment process, we will review your IEP goals and come up with a pathway to help monitor and measure progress toward these goals. 

During this process we complete the following: 

  • Our initial meeting with school team, family and student 

  • Writing a plan of service 

  • Matching your student with an appropriate specialist 

  • Data collection on your student's executive function skills 

  • A review of any assessments, IEPs or other key documents

  • Initial consultations with teachers, mental health providers and/or other professionals you would like to connect us with

Step 1: The Inquiry Meeting

The inquiry meeting is an opportunity for us to learn more about the transformation you would like to see occur through our services, as well as an opportunity for us to share more about our process to support your family in reaching the goals of our work together. 

Through a series of questions, we will collaboratively identify if we are a "right fit" for each other. 

Book a free inquiry meeting by clicking on this link

Step 4: Family Team Meeting

The Family-Team Meeting (FTM) is an opportunity for all of the key stakeholders on your student's "team" to meet and engage in a process celebrating the wins (or micro-wins), identifying adjusted or new goals, or assigning responsibility and a timeline for implementation. 

The key to a successful FTM is that it is run by a skilled facilitator who ensures who everyone has the opportunity to be heard, while centering the student's voice as the driving force of the process.

Learn more about our FTM process by clicking here.  

Step 5: Phase Out 

Phase out is approached incrementally with the goal of helping students take ownership of their developing executive function skills, while reducing the intensity of our intervention to allow for independent practice. We recommend a minimum of 6 months of coaching to fully integrate and apply the P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. skills with guidance, but many students benefit from a more extensive timeline due to the increasing demands on their executive skills as the transition into higher grade levels.

Step 3: Weekly Sessions

During the weekly coaching sessions our specialists will establish a designed alliance with our students that allows them to strengthen their executive function skills. Each of our specialists has been certified in the coaching methodology designed by founder and master executive function coach, Sean G. McCormick and completed the AB 1172 PBIS training. 

We describe executive functioning skills as P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. skills that include: 

  • Planning

  • Organization

  • Self-advocacy

  • Initiation

  • Time management

  • Inhibition management

  • Visualizing outcomes 

  • ​Evaluating priorities

By guiding our students to address the most challenging dilemmas in their academic lives while explicitly teaching P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. skills at the "point of performance," our student's begin to experience an expansion of their growth mindset, sense of resilience and overall engagement with the school process.


All sessions are held online using a multi-sensory approach. 

If requested, we will also check-in between sessions using a combination of solution-focused questioning and "proof-ability" requests, to support both task-initiation and follow through. 

Learn more about our executive function coaching sessions by clicking here. 

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Check out the experiences our customers have shared on Google 👇 

"My experience with Executive Function Specialist has been amazing! My son has been working with them for the past two years and his progress has been outstanding. They have exceeded my expectations with his results. Ever since my son has started working with the team his executive function skills and time management skills have improved drastically. Ms. Ella and Ms. Lindsay worked very well one on one with him and Sean along with the rest of his team are great at helping my family advocate for son’s educational needs during IEP meetings. This has been one of the best investments I have made for my sons education, and we look forward to continue working with them."

"My 13 year old daughter has been working with Stephanie for the last 6 months and we have seen significant growth.  Stephanie worked with her to create a daily plan that has allowed her to be a more successful student.  


She is more organized, is taking responsibility for her work and her time management has improved greatly.  Stephanie has done a great job of empowering her to be more independent and communicate with her teachers.  Working with Stephanie has been an incredibly positive experience for my daughter and our family."

"My 12 year old has been seeing her specialist, Ella, for 5 months now.  Ella has been teaching her how to "do" school and it has made a huge difference!  Not only have my daughters grades improved significantly but now she has the confidence to do her most of her homework on her own which has improved our mother/daughter relationship 10 fold!  The organizational, time management, study and self advocation skills my daughter is learning from Ella are priceless.  Ella is patient and kind but also challenges my daughters abilities.  Also, Sean and his staff have always been available to answer questions and give support.  I highly recommend EF Specialists for anybody of any age."

We are a GREAT match for your student if...

You are seeking to work with a skilled team of specialists who have depth and experience with wrap around supports and the IEP process

Traditional models of support have not worked such as a resource room, residential treatment or push-in services

You see our process as a part of a larger solution to enhance your student's engagement with school 

You will NOT want to work with us if...

You do not have a curriculum available for your student -- we help students access curriculum, but we do not provide it. 

You are looking for a quick fix -- our process takes time; usually between 6 months to a year to have a visible impact 

You cannot commit to engaging in our process -- school team participation is key! 

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