Executive Functioning and Learning Differences Coordinator Wynter L. answers a few common questions she often hears from parents. For more information, reach out to a local director and schedule an in-person complimentary consultation.
I’ve heard the term before, but what exactly IS executive functioning?
Executive Functioning (EF) is the brain’s ability to manage and regulate thoughts and behaviors. Challenges with executive functioning can impair a student’s ability to do well in the classroom, regardless of his intelligence or aptitude. The brain’s pre-frontal cortex is associated with complex cognition required for executive functions – such as working memory, reasoning, and planning (e.g. gathering research in preparation for writing a term paper). It is important to note that is the pre-frontal cortex is not fully developed until adulthood, so struggles with EF are common in children and adolescents.
How can I tell if my child struggles with EF?
Does your child constantly delay getting started with his homework? Does your middle-schooler keep losing her class notes? Does your teenager seem to take a very long time to complete a small amount of work? If so, he may be experiencing difficulties in EF domains.
How can my child’s EF skills be improved?
Because EF develops over time as a result of maturity and life experience, EF skills can be improved with specific guidance. Strategies for organizing materials, setting up a workspace at home, time management tools, and methods for note-taking and checking work can significantly improve a student’s academic experience. EF support can be valuable with improving reading comprehension, writing, math, and problem solving, as well with standardized tests and the college application process in general.
If you are looking for ways to equip your child with organization and time management strategies, resources and one-on-one coaching to improve your child’s ability to prepare and complete work associated with school, contact us and connect with a team of experts who are solution-oriented and passionate about teaching executive functioning and building students’ capacity to succeed academically.