Shannon Thornton, M.A., LPC, ADHD-CCSP
Certified Clincal Services Provider by the Institute of ADHD Professionals
What is Executive Function?
Executive Function is a brain function that acts like the executive secretary of your brain. It is the part of the brain you use to organize, plan and execute action. It also includes your level of attentiveness and ability to modulate, or control, your emotions.
6 Clusters of Executive Function
1. Organize, prioritize, and activate tasks
2. Focus, sustain, and shift attention to task
3. Regulate alertness, sustain effort, and processing speed
4. Manage frustration and modulate emotions
5. Use working memory and access recall
6. Monitor and self-regulate actions
Brown,Thomas E. (2005) Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults (pp20-58). New Haven, CT. Yale University Press Health and Wellness.
Signs There Might Be a Problem
1. Lose assignments or important items, don't know where to start a project so you procrastinate and feel overwhelmed.
2. When disinterested in something, your mind wanders and bounces to different things. Or, you hyper focus on something and can't avert your attention elsewhere.
3. Have a hard time staying alert with boring topics, take longer to do things than others.
4. Get angry easily, have a hard time calming down and not "freaking out".
5. Are often forgetful, don't remember where you put the list you made, can't remember things.
6. Act first, think later. Sometimes you say or do things you wish you hadn't and it gets you into trouble.
Academic and School Related
Coaching and Therapy
Supporting Teens' Autonomy Daily
Parent(s) and Teen Meet Together Weekly
Academic Autonomy is the Goal
This is a coaching program designed in a modular fashion. It includes a workbook for parents and teens to use in the session and for brief "homework" assignments. There is a one-time fee of $150 to cover a pre-treatment assessment phone call and workbook. All sessions can then be filed through insurance for you, or you can do a self-pay without using insurance benefits.
This program is best for you if you need to have a limited number of sessions. It is behavior change and goal setting-centered, and geared towards helping the parent create independence for the teen with his or her school work.
What to Expect with STAND
1. You will receive some assessment forms to complete and send to me before we meet.
2. We will arrange a one-hour phone meeting between the parent and coach to allow me to develop a case conceptualization for you and your child.
3. Attend 4 Engagement Modules:
i. Understanding Your Family
ii. Focusing the Treatment Goals
iii. Partnership Skills
iv. Creating Structure at Home
4. Attend your Choice of Skill Modules
We will review your skill use during the past week, introduce a new skill, discuss how to introduce the new skill into your family's routine, and create a plan for practice.
Skill Modules include Writing down homework, Making a homework plan, Organization check ups, Time Management strategies, Study skills, Note taking, and Problem Solving.
Traditional Counseling/Coaching for ADHD
Intake assessment with parent(s)
Regular sessions with teen to work on agreed upon issues or whatever feels most problematic
Regular communication with parent(s) about new skills teen has learned
Possible parenting sessions to guide you on particular issues like relationship issues, managing a teen's volatile emotions, managing a teen's impulsive behavior, and anything else that is a struggle at home or school
No additional fees unless additional assessments are recommended