Executive Functioning Training/Coaching is different from a traditional therapeutic role. The role of the coach is to introduce, teach, and have the trainee practice strategies in the real world. For children and adolescents, often the parent or teacher is enlisted as an assistant coach to reinforce these skills. The long-term goal of executive functioning training executive functioning skills is to have the trainee be able to attend to, retain and follow through with schoolwork, independent of a parent or tutor.


Skills learned range from starting a task (task initiation), planning, organizing, mental flexibility and working memory. Internalized skills such as self-regulation, self-monitoring skills and emotional control are covered. Applications to everyday life, school, and occupational settings are discussed and implemented. 

Executive Functioning Skills-Group Training
Executive Skills training groups are typically offered three times a year for 10 weeks. Sessions typically run from October to December; January to March; and April to June. Group skills training is provided for children, adolescents, college students, and adults. There will be a pre-test and post-test assessment. Pricing is provided in the Patient Resources section of this website. For questions or more information, contact Dr. Holifield at

Having deficits in executive

functioning makes it difficult to:

Executive Functioning Coaching


Executive functioning deficits are weaknesses in a key set of cognitive or thinking skills that often appear in children, adolescents, and adults with learning and attention issues. These weaknesses can appear in other educational or psychological disorders. Executive functions consist of several mental skills that help the brain organize and act on information. If you or you or your child has executive functioning issues, any task requiring these skills could be a challenge. A task involving multiple steps or completing a school project. 


  • Changing from one mental thought or activity to another (mental flexibility)
  • Keep track of time
  • Controlling frustration
  • Make plans
  • Make sure work is finished on time
  • Multitask
  • Apply previously learned information to solve problems
  • Analyze ideas
  • Look for help or more information when it is needed
  • Prioritize
  • Focus attention
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