Gail korostoff M.Ed.

 

"We all have THE ABILITY TO BE ORGANIZED FOR ACHIEVEMENT - SOME of us JUST NEED A LITTLE MORE HELP THAN OTHERS..."


As a fifth grade and middle school science teacher (grades 6-8) for the last 14 years, I found that much of my daily interaction with students was coaching them with their executive functioning skills.  Some students needed very little guidance, but most needed some help in developing good habits, and a few needed a much closer level of supervision. 


It was no surprise that my students and their families were frustrated when school performance did not meet their expectations because executive functioning deficits held them back.  Focusing on teaching them organization and study skills became a satisfying element of my teaching day.  I found that there were many methods, techniques, and approaches to this area of student growth, and that finding the tricks that worked and stuck with the person was a fascinating part of helping a child mature and succeed at what I called "the game of school".


The good news is that executive functioning skills can be learned, even by those who throw up their hands and say they can't keep track of anything!  Papers can be organized into files, and thoughts can be organized into essays.  Long term projects can be broken into manageable steps, and tensions around homework can be reduced to nothing, even after years of frustration.


Let me help you pinpoint the areas that are the weakest and introduce techniques that will strengthen your school or work performance, or help you to feel better about your space and accomplishments at home.  We will work together to incorporate these techniques into your regular habits, allowing you to reach your full achievement potential and your highest lifetime goals.