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Summer Programs

Contact Rebecca Shafir, executive function coach at the Hallowell Center Boston MetroWest at 978 287-0810 to enroll in the following programs offered by her.

Upgrade your Working Memory at home this Summer!

Coaching by Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, Speech Pathologist and former Cogmed Coach Trainer

Working Memory, the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking is the engine of learning. Cogmed training is for children and adults who wish to improve their ability to concentrate, reduce impulsivity and resist distraction. Reading Comprehension, problem solving, organization and mental math are just some of the working memory tasks we employ every day. Working memory weaknesses are common in persons with ADHD, executive dysfunction and head injury. However, Cogmed training can also benefit those without learning problems who seek an extra edge in optimizing their academic and professional potential. Researchers claim that intensive brain training can help stave off deteriorating effects of brain aging.

Cogmed training is backed by solid research that no other brain training product can match. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of trainees in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives (see www.cogmed.com). Cogmed training is done at the user’s home. Weekly or as needed coaching sessions by Rebecca Shafir M.A.CCC, speech pathologist and former Cogmed coach trainer, are provided by phone or Skype.

Summer College CORE Coaching

If you are an upperclassman in high school or a college student wanting a strong start and finish to the 2018-19 academic year, consider CollegeCore Coaching this summer. Build a strong core of personal skills and routines for success in September. Whether you are taking summer school or not, there are many ways to cultivate new habits and mindsets for getting work done well and on time. CollegeCore Coaching is customized to your goals which may include:

  • Distraction control. The ability to shift at will from distractions to a high state of focus and concentration and sustain that focus for a reasonable amount of time.
  • Making and adhering to a schedule; accounting for how you spend your time
  • Strengthening attention and concentration skills
  • Good quality sleep and regular exercise timed right for optimizing attention and getting work done.
  • Self-advocacy. Asking for help when needed, seeking alternative resources, being persistent, and the ability to connect with “difficult” teachers. This is Introvert-friendly training!
  • Enhancing  critical thinking  and verbal expression  
  • Emotional self-regulation to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Unrelenting motivation for achievement.   

      When these core pieces are in place, you are more enabled to utilize top-down tools for time management, study, working memory, planning and executing tasks. Without a strong core, top down tools and strategies won’t stick. It takes more than courage to take on challenges – it takes core!
CollegeCore Coaching is a one-on-one, personalized program for high school juniors and seniors on a college track and for college students returning to school in the fall. Sessions are in person or via Skype. For more information, please call me, Rebecca Shafir, speech pathologist  and executive function coach at the Hallowell Center (978) 287-0180 x117 or (978) 255-1817.

Summer - Beach, Tans and Neuropsychological Assessments

Is there a learning disorder present?

Learn how you or your child:

  • process information,
  • can improve cognitive concerns and determine if they are related to ADHD or a possible brain-affecting disease or traumatic brain injury.

summertimeSummertime and school vacations are often ideal times to complete testing since neuropsychological testing is a time-consuming endeavor, in most cases occurring over multiple days. Strategies can be implemented during the summer to build a system of accommodations for the fall.

If you are interested in pursuing or learning more about a neuropsychological assessment at the Hallowell Centers, please call the NY-Manhattan Center at 212-799-7777 or the Boston MetroWest office at 978-287-0810.
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EARS - Emergency Academic Recovery System

Middle school through college students

EARS- Ramp up your school performance in incredibly short periods of time with little parent involvement. Learn to problem solve executive function challenges: attention, planning, organizing, initiating, follow through, working memory, inhibition, and the ability to shift between tasks and emotional states. Resolve concerns with anxiety, negative self-talk and the inability solve problems. EARS unique one-on-one approach may include biofeedback and neurofeedback to help speed up progress. Learn more.

Cogmed Working Memory Training

- Directly influence academic and workplace performance! improve mental math, reading comprehension, reasoning, decision making and multi-tasking big projects. More powerful than a high IQ, this in-home training requires one hour a day 5/7 days a week for 5 weeks with phone coaching supervision by Rebecca Shafir. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Learn more at Cogmed.com.

Alpha Stim cranial electrotherapy


Jeffrey Marksberry M.D., Vice President Science and Education at Electromedical Products International, Inc.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, it may be hard to recall the last time you weren’t feeling tense, worried, or on edge. Anxiety can cause sudden panic attacks, may interfere with your personal or professional responsibilities, and is often tied to depression and insomnia. When you feel overwhelmed, you need a safe and rapid solution that can relieve your anxiety and help you regain your confidence and zest for life.

Listen to an audio recording of Alpha-Stim with Rebecca Shafir

Come to the Hallowell Center in Sudbury and experience a safe, effective and medication-free approach.



- Hone Executive Function Skills - As an entrepreneur - the lifeblood of our economy- you are particularly dependent upon strong executive functioning (emotional regulation, working memory, organization, etc). Ironically, self-starters with ADHD, gifted with uber intuition and creativity, often find executive dysfunction hinders their entrepreneurial pursuits. In addition to providing structure and strategies for executive dysfunction, Rebecca uses biofeedback, neurofeedback and electromedical technology (safe FDA approved methods).

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