Are Disorganization And Poor Time Management Causing Chaos?
When your child lacks organizational and time management skills, you know it. They know it. And everyone gets stressed out because of it. Even worse, if you’re like a lot of the families we work with, you have no idea what to do about it.
You know your child may struggle with executive functioning skills when…
- It’s 9pm on Tuesday night and you learn your son or daughter has a report due—tomorrow—and they haven’t even started on it.
- Your child is at school and you find they left their math homework in the dining room—again. Even though you told them three times to make sure it’s in their backpack.
- It looks like a tornado hit your child’s bedroom, even though you just cleaned it top to bottom, yesterday. And when you tell your child to clean their room, they can spend three hours supposedly on the task and accomplish absolutely nothing.
Executive Function Skills
If you don’t personally lack executive functioning skills, it’s very difficult to understand why your incredibly intelligent child has so much difficulty accomplishing so many seemingly basic tasks. And often, it’s enough to make you want to pull your hair out.
Truth is, many experts agree every child with ADHD lacks executive function skills. And the vast majority of students diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and/or Visual Spatial Processing Disorder also struggle with these skills. In some cases, a student may have no learning disabilities yet they still lack the executive functioning skills they need to perform in the classroom. For all of these students, planning, sequencing and monitoring behavior in order to accomplish a goal of any size while remaining flexible is almost as difficult as climbing Mt. Everest!
Our Executive Function Skills program can help. Students work one-on-one with their Educational Coach to become aware of how they process information, and to learn strategies to help them plan, prioritize, exercise persistence, and maintain attention for longer periods of time.