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For many students, school feels chaotic and overwhelming. This experience can be both stress inducing and anxiety provoking. As an executive function coach, you can be provide them with structure and order by helping them sort out their disparate responsibilities into tidy To Do list.

In my webinar for the Association of Educational Therapists (AET), I shared the process I utilize to give my clients an executive function makeover. This process begins and ends with To Do list that serves as a hub to track assignments and tasks, while also on-boarding other service providers who may be providing support for…

My Key Takeaways From the 42nd National Conference

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If you are not aware of what Educational Therapy is, I’ll do my best to give you a brief breakdown. Educational therapy is “a form of therapy used to treat individuals with learning differences, disabilities, and challenges. This form of therapy offers a wide range of intensive interventions that are designed to resolve learners’ learning problems.”

Another way of describing Educational Therapy (versus traditional tutoring since it is often confused with that), is that educational therapy focuses on how to learn, rather than what to learn.

I like this definition because the…

Dear Sean: We’ve hired tutors, have a therapist and are in contact with the school, but for some reason, our daughter continues to have low grades and say “I hate school”. What can we do?

-Frustrated in San Rafael

Dear Frustrated in San Rafael: Right now, you have all the pieces in place, but they need to be assembled to “sing” in unison. You need a Family-Team Meeting (FTM).

A Family-Team Meeting is when you get all the key stakeholders and supports in the same room (or Zoom room) and go through a process of identifying what is the shared goal and how everyone can work together to support your daughter to reach that goal.

The key to a successful FTM is that it is run by a skilled facilitator who ensures who everyone has…

Dear Sean: How can I make my student accountable to learn scheduling techniques, face his work-load head-on and manage his own calendar and time?

-Frustrated in Berkeley

Dear Frustrated in San Francisco: One of the best techniques to help a student become more accountable for their own scheduling techniques is to ask them solution-focused questions. Since scheduling techniques encompasses a wide range of activities, you’ll want to hone in on a specific aspect of the schedule to start. For example, let’s say you just finished sitting with your student for 90 minutes to help them complete the majority of an essay, but there is still one paragraph they need to write independently. …

Sean McCormick, M. Ed.

Sean McCormick, MS Ed. is a credentialed education specialist, educational therapist and an entrepreneur.

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