As a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed School Psychologist, I have assesses thousands of children and adults. Although many of them were bright and knowledgeable they often had difficulty using their abilities to the fullest. A number of different issues and problems, listed below, hindered their daily functioning which caused concern for themselves and significant others. Rather than enduring weakness, there are strategies and techniques I can use with individuals and family members to improve daily functioning. These techniques will emphasize positive behavior and will be tailored to the needs of each person. 

This information is for adults and children who have difficulty regulating their behaviors in problem solving situations. It can help in managing cognitive and emotional functions. Executive functioning refers to using self-regulatory processes and mental control to perform work and learning tasks more efficiently and to manage impulses and behaviors appropriately.

Children and adults who have difficulty with executive functioning are often seen in one or more of the following categories:


  • Underperforming gifted and talented
  • ADHD or ADD (attention deficits)
  • Learning disabled (academic, language, nonverbal)
  • Asperger’s syndrome, autism, or pervasive developmental disorders
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Emotional disorders (anxiety, depression, OCD, disruptive behavior, schizophrenia)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Social integration dysfunction
  • Brain injury, head trauma, post-concussional disorder
  • Seizure disorders
  • Post-institutional adopted children
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Divorced couples sharing custody
  • Underachieving college or high school students
  • Bereavement, grief reaction
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cognitive delay
  • Early Alzheimer’s, dementia


After an assessment of executive functions, emotional status, and other abilities and characteristics, the individual and other family members can receive coaching and/or counseling in the following areas:


  • Plan, initiate, organize, prioritize, sequence, and monitor one’s behavior
  • Inhibit impulsive responses and control emotions
  • Set and complete short-term and long-term goals independently
  • Coordinate and complete complex tasks by maintaining attention, organizing materials and physical space, sequencing tasks, and monitoring language and thoughts 
  • Develop and implement flexible and effective strategies for problem solving and/or task completion
  • Efficiently retrieve information stored from memory as needed and draw on past learning or experience to perform a task or solve a problem
  • Make accurate judgments about the amount of time and effort needed for a specific task or project to be completed
  • React effectively to challenges and changes through wise adaptation and revision
  • Think in a flexible, positive, and realistic manner
  • In a given situation, self monitor and self evaluate by standing back and viewing oneself strategically