Executive functions are the neurocognitive processes that allow your child to use cognitive resources effectively. They include attention, working memory, planning and organization, time management, cognitive flexibility, speed of information processing and emotional self-regulation. Students who struggle with executive function disorders have difficulty planning, executing, managing and self-regulating both cognitive and social behavior.

Working with a student who struggles with executive functioning deficits (EFD), my first step is to provide them with a basic understanding of the brain. They need to know that EFD is a condition that can be managed and should not be a source of embarrassment or shame. EFD can be addressed through specific evidence-based programs. Instruction and training is designed to meet the particular needs of the individual student. Ongoing reinforcement is essential  to success.

During the time of my most serious academic confusion, my parents introduced me to Dara. Over the course of four years, Dara helped me fill educational gaps I had in reading and writing, due to my learning disability. Dara restructured my academic foundation to help me find success. Through my work with her, I gained a better understanding of my strengths and learned how to compensate for my weaknesses. It is clear that Dara has shaped me into a more well rounded and confident student. Dara played an instrumental role in my life in high school and I am incredibly thankful for all that she has done for me.
— Paxton | Student