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What Is Executive Functioning? 

Commitment: 1.5 hours weekly until client is satisfied with their gains.

The front of our brains develop and solidify last, beginning near puberty and peaking around age 20.  Executive function refers to our ability to override other stimuli, think and choose before reacting. 

Target areas include:


Impulse Control

Emotional Control

Metacognition/thinking about the way we think

Energy Monitoring

Cognitive Fluidity

Working Memory





Self Advocacy

What can be done?

At Synsense, we offer Executive Function coaching for all skill levels and anyone over the age of 8. We also provide consulting and will soon have training materials for school and home settings.


As per the nature of life, Executive Function Coaching sessions are immediately applicable and flexible enough to suit our clients' lifestyle needs. We help our clients line up their lives they way they always wanted to and support their individual values and choices regardless of religion, age, racial or ethnic identity, sexuality, gender expression, class identity, or health status. 


Sessions are typically held for 1.5 hours once weekly to allow time for the Client to speak in confidence and for the Cognitive Specialist to strategize in real-time and create a safe, hopeful environment to explore skills without fear of failure.


Manifestation in adults

Adults who struggle with Executive Functioning show many of the following signs they:

  • Are unable to make or stick to plans made in advance

  • Experience difficulty or overwhelm when organizing tasks or events

  • Feel overwhelmed by daily hygiene routines

  • Often begin tasks at the last minute or do not finish according to a deadline

  • Often forget instructions immediately after hearing/reading them

  • Mention they'll "do it later" and completely forget and do not complete the task

  • Experience difficulty problem-solving when they feel "stuck"

  • Have a hard time estimating their energy

  • Are unable to catch themselves ruminating and/or redirect ruminating

  • Experience hyperbolic emotions when compared to the stimulus

  • Often makes dangerous decisions regarding their: legal, financial, emotional, physical or cognitive health

  • Experience impulsive behaviors

Manifestation in children

During puberty, a child may have struggles Executive Function if they: 

  • Finish but forget to turn in assignments

  • Have hyperbolic emotional responses often

  • Do homework or chores at the last minute or being late

  • Are unable to communicate their needs and/or intentions

  • Blurt out answers late or using inappropriate language for the situation

  • Show impulsive behavior

  • Misjudge difficulty or simplicity of tasks

  • Experience discomfort when plans change

  • Have difficulty staying on topic in conversations

  • Are easily distracted

  • Has friends, but often forgets to invite them into their lives

  • Have good ideas but struggle to express them

  • Need constant reminders to complete a task even when they are willing and seemingly ready

  • Often forgets parts of their morning routine before school