Kaizen Executive Function Coach

Dylan McCafferty

Empowering Brains for Learning & Life

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Dylan McCafferty, Executive Function Coach with Kaizen Education

Dylan McCafferty

Executive Function Coach
B.A. English and Political Science 

Dylan brings 12 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and learning alongside people with unique needs. For the past 9 years, he has delivered online, blended, and in-person education to a diverse range of students in public, charter, and private schools.

Since finishing secondary school, Dylan has been involved with coaching through the lens of sports. He has coached football, rugby, track and field, cross-country, soccer, and basketball. Coaching is a means of approaching people in a way that is uniquely specific to their interests. Approaching students from a holistic angle to implement routines and strategies that will directly impact their interests will cast ripples into other dimensions of interest. His interest in brain functioning is greatly impacted by the serious effects of concussions on players (himself included), developing an understanding of the brain will serve how we see sports and explore the repercussions of shaking that golden noggin’ we all have.

One of the first jobs Dylan ever took was working as a respite worker for teens on the spectrum, from here he discovered a passion for teaching especially the teamwork it takes to implement a success plan. Communicating with specialists, coaches, parents, and most importantly the student is the surefire way to scaffold success. Since then Dylan has explored his areas of interest as a literacy specialist, a resource assistant, a special education teacher, and now as an executive skills coach!

Dylan thrives on learning, actively seeking out new areas to explore and extend his learning so that he can empower others with his practical research, expertise, and unique approach to brain-based coaching. Exploring areas of interest like 3D Design and Manufacturing, or exploring how gamification can impact learning have been areas of continued growth most recently. Now, more than ever, he believes that well-developed executive skills will be the key to our students’ success in learning and life! How else do you keep learning and growing? To that end, his favourite art form is the Art of Failure. The more we fail the further we can go!

“There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.”
~ John Wooden

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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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