ADHD (EXECUTIVE SKILLS) COACHING:
INITIATION FLEXIBILITY ATTENTION
ORGANIZATION PLANNING WORKING MEMORY
SELF-AWARENESS MANAGING EMOTIONS
ADHD is a form of executive dysfunction. Executive skills coaching enhances pharmacological treatment for attention deficits. In some cases, intensive executive skills coaching may reduce or eliminate the need for other therapies. In virtually every case, executive skills improve academic performance, and in-school behavior.
Students can learn to overcome learning challenges, even if they have trouble with single or multiple executive skills. The key is a well defined strategy, and sufficient follow-up emphasizing practical skills. I’ve coached these skills with top students, and many who have been designated as learning-disabled.
When children and adolescents have problems with organization and planning, other family members may feel the effects. Children affected by delayed development of self-awareness need practical support in how to relate to peers and family members. Impulsivity is more than a school problem – it is a major barrier to self-control and personal success. Unfortunately, families often wait too long to take action – losing critical years of school performance because they believe there is nothing that can be done, or because they are in denial! Deficits should be identified and treated before late adolescence.
Everyone can improve their baseline executive skills; it is normal to be better in some of these areas than others. Young people who develop executive skills are better able to advocate for their needs in school, and in transition to coll
Dr. Adam Cox is the author of “No Mind Left Behind-Understanding and Fostering Executive Control: The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive” (Penguin/Perigee 2007). He has lectured internationally about executive skills to professional organizations and schools, and is one of the first clinical psychologists to bring clinical research about executive skills to broader public and academic attention
Cox is also the author of “Boys of Few Words: Raising Our Sons to Communicate and Connect” (Guilford Press, 2005) and “On Purpose Before Twenty” (FCP 2012). He was the author and principal researcher of the study “Locating Significance in the Lives of Boys,” commissioned by the International Boys’ Schools Coalition. In the study, Dr. Cox interviewed students across the world (US, Canada, UK, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore) about how they found meaning and purpose in their lives. He was the first scholar-in-residence at the renowned Sydney Church of England Grammar School (“the Shore School” grades PK-12) in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Cox earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Lehigh University, and did his clinical residency, including the adolescent inpatient unit, at Philadelphia’s Friends Hospital, the country’s oldest private psychiatric hospital, where the Friends (Quaker) theory of moral, humane treatment first developed.