College Communication Executive-Function Coach

College Communication Executive Function Coaching
College students juggle school, home and academic work independently for the first time

Transitioning to college from high school

Some college students, at least initially, need additional support services to succeed. Not because they don’t have the academic skills, but because they aren’t able to manage their new independence in addition to academic demands.  A College Communication Executive-Function Coach (CCEFC) helps students learn to manage their lives by providing coaching in social skills, executive function, and critical thinking.

John, not his real name, a college student was having difficulty getting his work done and handing it in on time.  He spent most of his time in his room playing video games or watching Netflix. By midterm, not only had John gained weight and had no friends, but he had many assignments that were past due.  John’s parents were very worried that he was depressed.

How it works

A college communication executive-function coach provides direct services by phone, online and/or in person. For example, in John’s case his coach helped him to create a plan that scheduled homework time, and limited his screen time.  Working closely with his coach, he reported his progress regularly identifying problems and brainstorming solutions.  John learned to identify assignments he found difficult,  advocate with professors and schedule appointments with learning support and tutors.  Soon he was up to date on all his assignments.

Simultaneously, the coach helped John’s identify interests and explore deterrents.  First John acknowledged that his television and video game habits were impacting his success. He also identified that he ate more than when he had been at home because he ate alone in his room.  He tried numerous strategies to manage this aspect of his life, but he also had to improve his social skills. He began participating in new groups and attended campus social functions.  While eating his meals in the dining hall he recognized students from his classes and began developing relationships. With the help of a college communication executive-function coach for a year John was able to achieve his goal of remaining in school, and eventually graduated from college.

 What does a college communication executive-function coach do? 

A college communication executive-function coach helps college students acquire critical skills they need to navigate the higher education. All colleges and universities expect that students will independently self-advocate, manage their school work, and social connections, and self-care, but some students need help in this transition.  Coaching includes both direct and indirect training  that is implement in real life. A CCEFC coach provide services to help bridge the gap between the demands of college and academic, social and living skills needed to succeed in college.  Finally, coaching uses a multitude of delivery models including  phone, online video chats and in person services  to deliver services where it is needed on campus. 

CCEFC Coaching offers support in the following areas:

  • Instruction in using tools, including technology, to manage classes, social engagements and academic work
  • Help in thinking, planning, and communicating in order to access social clubs and special interests. 
  • Tailored social skills training as needed  
  • Time management support as needed for daily activities
  • Training in project management 
  • Training in self-advocacy that empowers students to use their strengths to mitigate their challenges
  • Help identify necessary accommodations

*Long on Language offers CCEFC coaching for incoming college students. These service are not  reimbursed by health insurance.

Published by Kai Long

Kai currently lives in MA and is interested in collaborating with others to develop a deeper understanding of our speech and language needs.