We offer personalized Executive Functioning training & support for Gr 7-12 students, post-secondary students, and young people transitioning into the workforce.
What is Executive Functioning?
“Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember, and juggle multiple tasks … the brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.”
Executive function is a set of mental skills we use all day, every day to learn, work, and manage daily life and relationships. They include:
- Working Memory
- Self Control
- Organization & Planning
- Time Management
At NowWhat, we offer tailor-made support packages and for individuals and small groups who want to learn and improve their Executive Function skills, usually in 4-8 week blocks. We call this program ControlCentre because our goal is to help people take control of their own learning and success.
First, we assess each student’s specific needs. Then we create a personalized plan that includes training, accountability and ongoing support as we implementing helpful processes designed to break down the barriers between your student and success.
Who is it for?
- Grade 7-12 students, post-secondary students, and people entering the workforce
- Students who are frustrated by not being able to produce work that consistently reflects their true understanding and abilities
- Students whom teachers, parents, counsellors or GPs have identified as struggling with self-motivation, focus, organisation and follow-through
- Students with diagnosed or suspected ADHD Executive Function challenges
- Adult ADHD and vocational support is also available – click here for more information.
What is Involved?
- 4-8 week packages, scheduled to suit your learning schedule, tailor-made for your student’s specific needs
- Weekly personalized coaching sessions and follow-up check-ins, which can be a combination of in-person and virtual
- Email support as required
- Parent updates & communication as required
- Supervision and collaboration with our Social Worker Helen Brook
- DBT concepts and principles are woven seamlessly into the support (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and skilled socialization)
Where is it held?
- 144 Wilson St E, Ancaster (between Halson & Jerseyville)
- In-person sessions are held in our spacious ControlCentre upper room with physical distancing and full Covid safety procedures in place as required by government regulations
How much does it cost?
- Therapeutic Executive Function Coaching (supervised by MSW, covered by most benefit plans) is $150/hr
- Executive Function Coaching without social work supervision (not covered by benefits) is $100/hr
- SSAH and OAP funds can be put towards this program
- Packages can be built to suit from one hour weekly and up and is covered by most benefit plans
- The financial commitment is for the full 4-8 week duration
- Participants are billed every week regardless of attendance (virtual makeup sessions are provided at no charge if sessions are missed due to failed screenings/illness)
- Course is covered under most benefit plans and billing can be shared between participating family members (if parents are involved for example)
- A credit card number is required to be kept on file, with paid receipts emailed weekly for you to submit to private insurance
What kind of content is covered?
Because Executive Function factors into every aspect of life, parents and students will work with our Certified Teacher and Behaviour Coaches to assess the most pressing needs for each individual, and determine their areas of focus. We can offer strategies to help with:
Organizing digital files and folders
Keeping digital workspaces tidy
Reducing distractions in digital workspaces
Preparing supplies for in-person classes
Keeping track of materials
Binders and planners
Home Life Organization:
Creating and maintaining effective work spaces
Separating work/fun, finding balance
Managing external expectations
Completing and submitting work
Focus & Attention Skills:
Understanding task expectations
Strengthening focus skills
Developing time awareness
Developing and using visual tools
- Dealing with deadline stress
Executive Function in Math:
Reading and understanding directions
Showing your work effectively
Navigating complex or abstract ideas
Executive Function in Writing:
Chunking out long assignments
Planning and editing work
Maintaining focus on the purpose of assignment
Executive Function in Reading:
Reading for meaning
Maintaining focus while reading texts
Identifying literary components
- Understanding the value of money
Long-term & short term planning
Personal Care & Routines:
Hygiene & self-care
Online interaction etiquette
Navigating the attention economy
Understanding long-term impacts
Social Media Awareness:
How to get what you need from web searches
Navigating online sources
Effective and efficient research skills
For grades 11 & 12 +
How to get to where you want to go
Post-secondary plan mapping
Landing and keeping a job
Workplace interactions & expectations
Balancing work + school + life
Who is involved?
Dan Zaitzow [B.A., B.Ed., OCT] (They/them) is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over 7 years of experience in teaching, literacy coaching, executive skills support, and special education. Dan is a dedicated educator who excels in both group settings and one-on-one instruction, and this is reflected in their commitment to education in and out of the classroom. Dan is the lead teacher in our supplementary education programming as well as offering individual behaviour coaching & Executive Function coaching sessions, and consulting and collaborating across the team on program development. While they have worked as a school teacher since graduating with their B.Ed, Dan has also dedicated their extra time to volunteering with marginalized adults teaching literacy, and working with vulnerable students on their executive skills.
Helen Brook [RSW, MSW] (she/her) has been a social worker for 18 years, working extensively in child welfare as well as with parents, children and youth. Helen is an experienced individual counsellor, as well as a highly competent clinical supervisor and treatment planner. Helen supports patients with depression, anxiety, mental health challenges and stress, from children to adults. Helen has always been passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations, having facilitated Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Training at the CAS among other social justice initiatives. Her approach to therapeutic intervention is to always find the gentlest path to healing for each individual. Helen is also a parent to two wonderful girls and has personal experience managing various learning disabilities and neurodiversities within her household.
Nigel Applewhaite [BA (Hons.) Psychology] (He/him) lends his irrepressible energy & enthusiasm as well as his widely varied therapeutic experience to NowWhat as a Behaviour Coach, Executive Function Coach & academic support, and lead DBT facilitator. Nigel specilizes in delivering DBT concepts to children and teens in a relatable and enjoyable ways in our group programs as well as 1:1. In the past, Nigel has worked in recreation therapy with seniors suffering from dementia, in supported conversation groups for individuals with aphasia, and in rehabilitation therapy within the ABI population. Nigel’s free time revolves around sports, recreation and music. His passion for athletics and understanding of that world is an important shared interest for many of his 1:1 clients; Nigel has the ability to meaningfully engage even the most reluctant of participants.