Executive Functioning Parent Support: Creating Priorities
Executive Functioning Parent Support. Perhaps your child struggles with executive functioning skills, as mine does. When it is time to do his schoolwork, my son loses his pencil, loses his worksheet, will solve the problem with blocks but forget to write the answer, disappears, jumps up and runs around the house, find a million other things to do, and then will finally sit down, solve two questions, and then he’s off again….
My son, like many others, struggles with executive functioning skills. He doesn’t MEAN to be unorganized and distracted, but his brain just can’t help it. Like many people with a diagnosis, he also struggles with time management, self-control, memory and other cognitive issues; common for those whose brains are developing differently. As a family we are working on many things to help him learn how to better manage his time and his work.
Maybe someone in your family struggles with Executive Functioning issues as well.
Hallmarks of executive functioning issues are:
- difficulty with working memory
- cognitive functioning
- inhibitory control -in other words, they have a difficult time managing their emotions, especially when “triggered”
What causes Executive Function Disorder? Some people are born with weak executive function. It can also complement diagnosis such as ADHA, depression, autism and other learning disabilities. An injury to the frontal lobe can harm your ability to stay on task and certain diseases may also cause executive functioning disorder.
Executive Functioning Parent Support: Creating Priorities is a class built on an evidence-based coaching model to help parents understand and support their students with struggles in the area of executive functioning. Skills that will be focused on during this class are:
- Setting and measuring goals; initiating tasks and staying focused on them.
- Time, task and distraction management; developing the ability to pause, reflect and consider the situation and appropriate responses.
- Planning, Organizing and Execution of plans.
Effective study skills; including paying attention and keeping track of what you are doing, following multi-step directions.Parents will be given tools that can be applied to everyday schoolwork and life. The Creating Priorities class will equip parents with practical skills to assist their special needs or struggling learners with real life tools. This is a live on-line class with Special needs teacher Amy Vickrey, overseen by NILD Certified Instructor.
If you are unsure if your student struggles with Executive Functioning issues, please call to schedule an appointment with our Special Needs team who can help you sort through your child’s diagnosis, as well as direct to you to resources and support. Executive Functioning Parent Support: Creating Priorities is one way that you can gather practical, hands on resources to best equip your student for future success.
This course is perfectly paired with Creating Priorities for Students for optimal success! Couple this class with any of our Special Needs/ Struggling Learners classes like Math Games, Reading and Phonics and through Spelling and American Sign Language.(ASL)