What is Executive Function?

“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 functioning describes the mental skills we use every day to learn, work, and manage the logistics of our daily lives and relationships:

  • Working Memory
  • Self Control 
  • Focus & Attention
  • Motivation
  • Organization & Planning
  • Time Management

At NowWhat, we offer tailor-made support for individuals and small groups who want to learn and improve their Executive Function skills. The goal is to help you take control of your own life and learning – in ways that work for you. We can support you in person or virtually.

First, we assess your 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 you and your definition of success.

Who is it for?

  • Students (middle school, high school, post-secondary, and graduate students)
  • Working adults, people wanting to enter the workforce, and those who are changing careers or retraining
  • 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 with establishing household and personal routines
  • People who are frustrated by not being able to produce work that consistently reflects their true understanding and abilities
  • People whom teachers, parents, counselors, professors, managers or health care providers have identified as struggling with self-motivation, focus, organization, and follow-through
  • People with diagnosed or suspected ADHD or Executive Function challenges
  • Gifted or neurodiverse people, including those also managing anxiety or mood challenges
  • Specialized neurodivergence 1:1 coaching is also available – click here for more information

Where is it held?

  • 144 Wilson St E, Ancaster (between Halson & Jerseyville)
  • Virtual sessions wherever you are in Ontario

How much does it cost?

  • Initial assessments are $250
  • Individual sessions are $165/session
  • Group session pricing will be customized depending on ratio and support needs
  • OAP funds can be put toward this program
  • Sessions are covered under most benefit plans under MSW (Social Work – check that your insurance carrier covers supervised practice)
  • A credit card number is required on file, with paid receipts emailed weekly for you to submit to private insurance
  • Questions about using your insurance at NowWhat?  Check out our Insurance FAQs

What kind of content can be covered?

Because Executive Functioning factors into every aspect of life, clients will work with our Certified Teacher and Behaviour Coaches to assess the most pressing needs of each individual and determine which challenges you want to tackle first. We can offer strategies to help with a wide range of life domains, including:

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 and task-flow-friendly environments

  • Separating work/fun, finding balance

  • Managing external expectations

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 & task management

  • Balancing work + school + life


  • 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 & external scaffolding

  • Dealing with deadline stress

Executive Function in Reading:

  • Reading for meaning

  • Maintaining focus while reading texts

  • Identifying literary components

Money Management:

  • Financial literacy

  • Understanding the value of money as it relates to services and items

  • Long-term & short-term planning

Personal Care & Routines:

  • Eating

  • Sleeping

  • Hygiene & self-care

Social Media Awareness:

  • Online interaction etiquette

  • Navigating the Attention Economy

  • Understanding the long-term impact of your digital footprint

Digital Literacy:

  • How to get what you need from web searches

  • Navigating online sources

  • Effective and efficient research skills

Ready to register?  Contact Us to get started.