Strategic Connections™

On-Track’s Executive Function Skills Training Program

What is executive function and how does it affect learning?

Executive Function (EF) refers to a set of skills responsible for things like Planning, Prioritizing, Organization, Task Initiation, Working Memory, Flexible Thinking, Impulse Control, and Emotional Control. This set of skills functions like the “command center” of the brain and is commonly referred to as the brain’s Chief Executive Officer. Like the CEO of a company, EF is responsible for making sure things get done, from the planning stages to the final output.

Every day we use executive function skills in activities such as decision making, strategizing, troubleshooting, managing our emotions, paying attention, keeping “on-task,” and remembering details. Students with EF challenges may have difficulty with: keeping track of time, completing school work and projects on time, working successfully in a group, memorizing information and retrieving information from memory, waiting to speak until called on, asking for help, and more.

Executive Function skills training is essential for children identified with ADD/ADHD or other learning differences; however, plenty of people lack executive function skills without having a diagnosed learning disability or attention deficit. Our program teaches kids and teens to plan, prioritize, estimate time requirements, self monitor, start and shift tasks, and organize effectively, despite any learning or attention difficulties.

Empowers kids & teens, helping them:

  • Enhance organizational & time-management systems and learn to prioritize
  • Complete homework & projects on time, avoiding last-minute situations
  • Ask for help when needed & learn other essential self-advocacy skills
  • Think critically, & to make corrections while reading and writing
  • Participate in class & engage in group discussions
  • Increase self-esteem by maximizing strengths & achieving results!

EF skills training enables parents to:

  • Remove themselves from the “nagging” role
  • Get (or keep!) your relationship on the right track
  • Entrust your child with greater responsibility and accountability
  • Empower your child with critical life skills

Could my family benefit from On-Track’s Strategic Connections™ Training? Signs that your child may have problems with executive function:

  • Chronic disorganization
  • Challenges in reading comprehension and/or math
  • Difficulty with note-taking (including hearing and/or identifying main idea & important details)
  • Difficulty with multi-step directions
  • Often losing track of time
  • Trouble with generating ideas independently
  • Ongoing problems with writing (including organizing thoughts, developing sentences/paragraphs, creating a cohesive paper inclusive of important facts & details)
  • Challenges with estimating the amount of time a task will take (such as daily homework or a long-term project)
  • Difficulty with memorizing facts
  • Struggling with retelling a story or event; may not be able to communicate details in an organized, sequential manner
  • Experiencing frustration with recalling information
  • Trouble with initiating activities or tasks
  • Difficulty retaining information while doing something with it (remembering instructions during an exam, for example)
  • Habitually losing or misplacing belongings, forgetting to bring necessary books, etc. home from school, or forgetting to turn in homework
  • Becoming agitated when forced to “switch gears” to another subject or activity

Academic success and skills that last a lifetime.

Our one-on-one, individualized Strategic Connections™ program works!  Contact us for more information on how we can help empower your child and family.

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On Track Tutoring, led by Dana Herzberg, has been a tutor, advocate and friend to my family for about 9 years. Dana began one-on-one tutoring with my oldest son Ben who was in 8th grade when we first received his diagnosis of ADHD. She helped us begin to understand Ben’s learning needs and passionately advocated for him throughout his high school years. Even when she or one of her team was not actively tutoring him she continued to be a friend and mentor to him whenever possible. Dana was at times the only source of support we had through many difficult times. Dana’s dedication to her families and students is extraordinary. She sets high standards for her team of tutors and each and every time they have demonstrated the same level of compassion and expertise that sets On Track Tutoring apart from other services.

On Track Tutoring and Dana herself have continued to guide and teach our other two sons over the years in a variety of ways. One of the tutors has tutored all three of my boys through Math and other sciences. She has earned their respect and gratitude for always finding the right way to let them see the light of learning when they really did not think they could. She accomplished this despite the fact that they each had very different learning styles and needs. Just this year my son who is a now a Junior at Loyola Marymount contacted his former tutor to proudly inform her of his “A” in his college Math class. He credits her to this day for her help in making this possible. We continue to trust Dana and her team with tutoring our youngest son as he faces a rigorous academic schedule at Brophy.

It is exciting to watch the growth of the services provided by On Track Tutoring. We are confident that this growth still maintains the personal and caring attention that is the foundation of Dana Herzberg’s vision of meeting the needs of every student. Dana’s passion to celebrate the learning needs of every child is the example that should be followed by every educator. We are sincerely appreciative to have been a family that has experienced this level of caring and support.

Karen and Bill Powell