Your Home for Executive Functioning Training
At the Institute on Executive Functioning™®, we are dedicated to helping students reach academic and behavioral success. Contact us today to learn about our executive functioning workshops, and more. Operating since 2007, we have dedicated our efforts to help teachers, education service providers, and parents work with students exhibiting executive function skill deficits. Our primary goal is to prevent children from reaching the downward spiral (Strosnider & Sharpe, 2019, p. 10), which occurs when, regardless of academic interventions, the child continues to not meet with success. This often results in the child having low self-esteem, a defeated attitude, and an unwillingness to attempt tasks. Executive function skill training provides the child with the independent skill set needed to complete everyday tasks successfully. The Institute on Executive Functioning™ skill training camps and coaching sessions provide children with strategies to help them reframe the Downward Spiral and meet with academic and social-emotional success.
After teaching executive function skills in an after-school program, we felt the students needed something more concentrated and spread over a concentrated period of time. This would give them new skills to start the next school year. We envisioned a camp that would provide them these new skills while also building their self-confidence about a successful next school year. Project Boost is the name of this one-week camp. We wrote the curriculum for the camp ourselves and taught it for five years. In some cases, we held two sessions per summer. The students exceeded our wildest expectations, both in what they learned and how they felt about the camp. We gathered information about each student, wrote an individual plan with them, and helped them learn what they had agreed they needed to learn. There was a lot of group activity in the form of choral responses and activities to practice social-emotional and behavioral strategies they were learning. Successes were celebrated, and every student left with a success plan for the next year to share with their parents and teacher!
Project Boost Sample Schedule for Camp Day 1 (8:45-12:15)
- Executive Functioning Skills Assessment, Goal Setting, Start to Develop the Student Game Plan (EF Skill – Planning)
- Who Moved My Cheese (EF Skill – Cognitive Flexibility and Cognitive Shifting)
- Memory Walk (EF Skill – Working Memory, Focusing, Sequencing)
- How Do I Spend My Time Activity (EF Skill – Time Management)
- Scheduling and Planning our End of Camp Celebration (EF Skill – Scheduling, Planning)
- Computer Time (EF Skill -Home Key ABC Keyboarding, Written Communication)
- Completing Digital Activities and Beginning Digi Poem
Our services include both volunteer and paid consultations with parents, students, teachers, administrators and service providers, school systems, individual schools, professional groups, and others. The services include workshops and training in teaching executive function skills, direct services to students, preschool – post-secondary and advocacy, etc. We work closely with professional organizations to provide conference presentations, and posters, and serve on organization committees and boards. We have a strong commitment to getting the word out about the need to address executive functioning issues to help prevent academic and behavioral issues and see that as our mission. We advocate for all students, including those with disabilities.
The idea behind the Institute on Executive Functioning™® is to enhance the executive functioning skills of students before any deficits have a negative effect on the student academically and behaviorally. We feel summer executive functioning camps are very important for students and offer consultation for planning and implementing such camps.
In addition, we conduct customized executive function skill workshops to train teachers, paraeducators, school psychologists, counselors, social workers, parents, etc. in the 7-Step Model for strategic strategy instruction and practical strategies for students grades K through post-secondary. The workshops emphasize assessing student executive function needs, student goal setting, the development of a student game plan, explicit strategic instruction, data collection and analysis, and a student success plan.
We assist post-secondary students and their families as they work with Disability Offices on campus to explain and document their needs to attain the accommodation for success in college.
Selected Executive Functioning Training & Workshops
- Pre-Conference Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)-San Diego, CA (2015)
- Pre-Conference Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)-St. Louis, MO (2016)
- St. Louis Public Schools (2017)
- Hawaii Department of Education, Hilo (February 2018 and November 2018)
- Pre-Conference Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)-Indianapolis, IN (2019)
- Orange County, FL Public Schools (2019)
- Post Conference Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)-Portland, OR (2020)
- Putnam County Public Schools, TN (2020)
- Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) – Virtual Conference Presentations (2020)
- Conference Workshop, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)-Virtual (2021)
How to Proceed
Contact us to discuss your needs. We plan our workshops and training based on the needs of the client. Our consultant work with students and their parents are personalized based on the wishes and needs of the clients.