Personalized Executive Functioning & Alternative Learning support for Gr 7-12 students, e-learning & online students, post-secondary students, and young people transitioning into the workforce.

ControlCentre Student Lounge

Small group support is available on weekdays from 1.00-3.00 pm for $75/session in our Student Lounge.  Our specialists create a warm, compassionate and structured environment, scaffolding each student as they work through their individual coursework and providing personalized executive function skills and strategies.

Contact us to get started – we’ll book you a complimentary 30-minute intake with our clinic director to understand your bigger-picture situation and make sure this program is a good fit for you.  Then we’ll generally book you an Initial Assessment (50 minutes, $225) with a specialist to fully understand your strengths, challenges and goals, and you and your coach will map out a plan for your time together.  From there, you’re welcome to book in time at the ControlCentre Student Lounge as needed.

Denise Hagger, B.A., PGCE (Education) (She/Her):  Denise is a 30-year veteran with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board at the Secondary level.  She holds a Specialist qualification in Special Education and English and has spent the last 20 years of her career focusing on alternative education and special education as a Learning Resource Teacher, with a range of learners including those experiencing giftedness, ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and social-emotional struggles. She is an Executive Function specialist who uses a wide range of behavioral and support strategies to assist students in understanding themselves as learners and leverage their strengths to find a way around, over, and through any challenges.

E-Learners and students working outside the traditional school model can book support with Denise either 1:1 or in a small group setting.  Denise helps students plan and execute their coursework, communicate with teachers, organize their files and papers, manage their time, be accountable for their and stay on track with deadlines.

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.”

(Source: https://developingchild.harvard)

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
  • Focus
  • Motivation
  • 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.  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 implement 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 (we also offer a ‘Junior’ version of EF coaching for younger kids – please enquire or see our page about in-home coaching options that include Bedroom Bombing and help to establish a household and personal routines)
  • Students who are frustrated by not being able to produce work that consistently reflects their true understanding and abilities
  • Students whom teachers, parents, counselors, or GPs have identified as struggling with self-motivation, focus, organization and follow-through
  • Students with diagnosed or suspected ADHD Executive Function challenges
  • Gifted or neurodiverse students including those managing anxiety or mood challenges
  • Adult ADHD and vocational support is also available – click here for more information.

What is Involved?

  • Services can be booked by the hour or, we offer 3 levels of coaching packages with our experienced Certified Teachers to choose from (see below for pricing) – 6, 12, or 20-hour packages
  • Weekly coaching sessions and follow-up check-ins, which can be a combination of in-person and virtual
  • Each family works out their preferred schedule and format with their coach for maximum impact and success, and the remaining package hours are tracked by the coach
  • Includes email support as required
  • Includes brief parent updates & teacher communication as required (full parent coaching/counseling sessions can be booked separately through the front desk anytime)
  • Includes supervision and collaboration with our Supervising Social Worker
  • 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)

How much does it cost?

  • Initial assessments are $225
  • Individual sessions are $150/session
  • ControlCentre Student Lounge sessions (small group support from 1-3 pm on weekdays) are $75/session
  • There are 3 levels of coaching packages with our experienced Certified Teachers to choose from:
    1. PACKAGE ONE:  6 hours of personalized coaching ($750)
    2. PACKAGE TWO: 12 hours of personalized coaching ($1380)
    3. PACKAGE THREE:  20 hours of personalized coaching ($2000)
  • SSAH and OAP funds can be put towards this program
  • The financial commitment is for the full chosen package price, due on registration
  • The 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 whatever hours have been used 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 of each individual, and determine what challenges you want to tackle first.  We can offer strategies to help with:

Digital Organization: 

  • Organizing digital files and folders

  • Keeping digital workspaces tidy

  • Reducing distractions in digital workspaces

School Organization: 

  • Preparing supplies for in-person classes

  • Keeping track of materials

  • Binders and planners

Home Life Organization: 

  • Creating and maintaining effective workspaces

  • Separating work/fun, finding balance

  • Managing external expectations


  • Task initiation

  • Sustaining motivation/persistence

  • Completing and submitting work

Focus & Attention Skills:

  • Understanding task expectations

  • Managing distractions

  • Strengthening focus skills

Task Management:

  • Scheduling

  • Chunking

  • Prioritizing

Time Management:

  • 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 the assignment

Executive Function in Reading:

  • Reading for meaning

  • Maintaining focus while reading texts

  • Identifying literary components

Money Management:

  • Financial literacy

  • Understanding the value of money
  • Long-term & short-term planning

Personal Care & Routines:

  • Eating

  • Sleeping

  • Hygiene & self-care

Digital Literacy:

  • 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

Post-Secondary/Vocation Planning:

  • For grades 11 & 12 +

  • How to get to where you want to go

  • Post-secondary plan mapping

Navigating Employment:

  • Landing and keeping a job

  • Workplace interactions & expectations

  • Balancing work + school + life

Ready to register?  Contact Us to get started.