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Who is Rebecca Shafir?

Speech/language pathologist, voice and executive function coach, Rebecca Shafir, has over 25 years experience working with students and professionals to communicate more effectively.

Rebecca has served as Chief of the Communications Disorders Department at Choate-Symmes Health Services, Chief of Speech/Language Pathology at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, and Clinician/Director of Business Development and Integrative/Alternative Services at the Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. She also has a private practice in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Her award-winning book “The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction” has been translated into several languages and has sparked articles about her in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Readers Digest, Real Simple and many other popular publications, as well as hundreds of radio/TV interviews including on NPR, Bloomberg Business,CNN and Fox News.

She has produced two instructional CDs: “Speaking with Power and Persuasion” and “The Listener’s Edge.” Rebecca is also a contributing author in “Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship” (Hick & Bien 2008).

Rebecca’s special area of expertise is cognitive health, specifically executive functioning. Executive functions include the ability to: inhibit impulsive behaviors, shift and transition easily between tasks, control emotions, self-monitor behavior, initiate tasks, working memory, plan and organize − skills needed for academic success and the workplace.

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Because executive functioning is not taught in schools, the lack of these abilities affects students, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and anyone who has to mentally multitask, organize and execute big projects. Rebecca offers two coaching and training programs: The EARS program for students ages 10 through college age and the Core Four Coaching for entrepreneurs and self-starters

She offers Emergency Academic Recovery System (EARS) with an emphasis on emotional self-regulation as a first step for those with ADD/ADHD, head injury, anxiety and depression who do not benefit enough from medications. These may include biofeedback, neurofeedback and working memory training.

Core Four Coaching is designed for entrepreneurs who are just getting started or for those with weaknesses in communication and/or executive functioning. Conditions, if untreated, such as ADHD or ADT (Attention Deficit Traits), anxiety or depression can keep a great idea from getting to the marketplace. The Core Four method is a customized approach focusing on the four core skills and routines that every self-starter needs to succeed: Emotional Self-regulation and Flexibility, Focus and Follow through, Communication and Shark-readiness.