Kaizen Executive Function Coach

Alwyn Spies

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

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Alwyn Spies

Executive Function Coach
B.A. English, Japanese
M.A. Japanese
Ph.D. Asian Studies

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Executive Skills Strengths

Abstract Reasoning
Flexible Thinking
Verbal Reasoning

Alwyn always likes to take the scenic route – driven by neverending curiosity and an extremely visual brain that needs to map everything! She went to Japan as a high school exchange student, and, despite not being a natural at languages (listening comprehension, blech), stubbornly decided she was never giving up until she mastered the Japanese language. This eventually led to a Ph.D. in Asian Studies, a permanent Pokémon addiction, and, in a very lovely but round-about way, to a career in teaching.

She studied, did research, made community radio shows, translated manga, and taught EFL in Japan for 10 years before moving back to Canada to work in public university education. She’s been teaching Japanese, world literature, intercultural communication, and Japanese pop culture studies to undergrad students in BC now for over 15 years and has realized that all the tricks, activities, games and adjustments she learned for supporting Japanese students learning English (and herself learning Japanese), actually makes Canadian university learning more efficient and way less stressful for all kinds of students – international, domestic, neurotypical, neurodiverse, introverted, extroverted, native speaking or not. Active, fun, engaging, visually organized classes are just plain better for everyone!

Having fumbled for years to figure out her own brain, seeing how universities struggle to help students effectively transition from high school to university, watching ASD and ADHD students flounder despite the establishment of disability resource centres on university campuses everywhere, and, noticing how professors constantly put off changing or updating their traditional teaching practices (many of them are neurodiverse themselves), she’s become extremely interested in universal design for learning (UDL). And this path has led her straight to Kaizen! She is super excited to be working 1-on-1 with motivated students to foster the self-awareness and executive skills that are the foundations for all routes (direct or scenic) to successful post-secondary studies, and onwards to life-long learning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact us and we’ll get right back to you.
How does Kaizen determine what my child’s Executive Skills strengths and deficits are?
We are data collectors. We gather as much relevant data regarding your child's learning as possible. This includes feedback from the parents, educational psychological assessments (if available), information from Kaizen's free questionnaire, and any school evaluations or assessments that can be shared with us.

Kaizen has partnered with Mindprint Learning, creator of the world’s leading online cognitive test developed by neuroscientists in the Brain Behavior Laboratory at Penn State University’s Perelman School of Medicine. This Learning Profile Assessment, combined with two, 1:1 consultations with Kaizen’s Director gives you a clear picture of where your child shines and where they need support.

Learn more about the Learning Profile Assessment.

We also offer a FREE online questionnaire to help you identify your child’s Executive Functioning needs & strengths before committing to the Coaching Intake Process.

Is Kaizen Coaching the same as tutoring?
No. Tutoring teaches students WHAT to learn; Kaizen teaches students HOW to learn and WHY it’s important. The essence of Kaizen Education Services is to foster results through incremental steps, focused on building confidence through understanding. Our objective is to highlight the importance of establishing differentiated processes and systems that contribute to the overall long-term personal and academic growth of each learner. Empowering brains for learning and life. Skills that can be applied across your child’s entire curriculum and beyond.
How does my child start their coaching sessions with Kaizen?
Contact us to book your intake, and we will match your child with a coach so that they can get started.
My child has had a psychoeducational assessment completed and needs help. Is Kaizen the right fit?
Certainly! Oftentimes, a psychoeducational assessment is completed and results are shared, but lack guidance and support for the appropriate next steps leaving you, the parent, wondering, “What now?” If strategies are provided, you are often left to your own devices which can create additional frustration.

The curriculum from which Kaizen operates is tailored to your child and their very specific needs. By sharing the results of your child’s psychoeducational assessment with your child’s coach, we can work together to best support your child academically, intellectually, and beyond.

My child has ADHD. How can Kaizen Coaching help?
Typically, executive functions are delayed up to 30% in a child diagnosed with ADHD. More than 85% of Kaizen’s students have been diagnosed with ADHD, and more than 70% with an additional or other learning difference. Executive Function deficits are amplified in those with ADHD and, as a result, our coaches are specially trained in effective strategies and methodologies to best support your child.

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