The National Center for Learning Disabilities defines Executive Function as "a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space."
We offer Executive Function (EF) Coaching to help children develop systems for organization, planning and execution. Foundational/tutoring support is also given to students of all ages to help with basic reading, writing and math understanding. We have clinicians trained in research-based reading programs including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading Program, and Preventing Academic Failure (PAF).
INDIVIDUALIZED EXECUTIVE FUNCTION COACHING
The aim of EF coaching is to arm students with tools that allow them to become more efficient and effective learners in areas that include: note taking from lectures/text books/powerpoints, multitasking, distraction inhibition, task shifting, self-monitoring skills related to focus, strengthening areas of attention, initiating and planning out tasks, utilizing organizational strategies for materials and assignments, time management and study skills.
We also help students learn the best way for them to study independently. A few of these approaches include teaching effective note taking strategies, providing students with the language of test taking, exposing students to a variety of options for studying and assessing each student's strengths and weaknesses (i.e., auditory vs. visual learner). Coaches also teach students how to set up an efficient workspace as well as figure out optimal work environments and optimal working schedules.
Foundational support is given to students of all ages to help with basic reading, writing and math understanding. At Waverly, we have clinicians trained in research-based reading programs including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading Program and Preventing Academic Failure (PAF). We individualize each reading intervention to help each child grow as a reader. In mathematics, we teach students how to use Touch Math, which utilizes a multi-sensory approach to master basic addition and subtraction. For writing, Waverly clinicians work one-on-one with each student to come up with a personalized plan for effective writing skills. We incorporate programs from the Windward and Landmark schools, which incorporate the entire writing process from idea formulation to final edits.