Do you have a child that struggles to keep up with their things, including school work? They may have Low Executive Function. I’ll share what executive function is and give tools to create an environment where all kids can succeed.
- Students can succeed even if they have low executive function. Academics are only half the story. Learning to manage time and materials are equally important.
- Make sure instructions are clear. Kids love to say, “I didn’t know,” or “You didn’t tell me.” So whether it’s a chore or a science project, give them written instructions.
- Don’t let your child fail a class. Instead, help them to do well. Many children resist their parents help, but don’t give in. Strive to discern when you need to push them or pull back.
- Find an area where they can succeed. Music, sports, robotics…? Commit to find your son or daughter’s area of success. This will build their confidence while they make friends and enjoy an extra-curricular activity.
“The first is to help children to be successful in their daily lives. The second is to teach the skills and approaches that allow the children to be independent in the long run.” Joyce cooper-Kah, Ph.D. & Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D.-Lost, Late, and Unprepared, A Parent’s Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning