Executive functions are a set of abilities that help us manage our time, energy, talents, and resources in order to achieve our goals. These skills involve planning, problem solving, working memory, stopping behavior, self-monitoring, and controlling emotions in order to achieve goals and not procrastinate. Here’s the good news: each of these abilities can be identified and improved through structured counseling and coaching techniques..
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ADD/ADHD is one of the most researched and most misunderstood diagnoses. Confusion occurs largely because the terms “attention deficit” and “hyperactivity” describe only the surface features of this challenge: these are just the tip of the iceberg: the symptoms are much broader and deeper than this.
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When considering the difficulties your child is having in the classroom, with peers, and at home, one must contemplate all possible causes including anxiety and mood disorders. Children who struggle with these challenges may have trouble with school and can appear distracted, impulsive, and even hyperactive.
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At home and in the classroom, structured behavioral techniques and discipline are proven successful. Combined with flexibility that adjusts for the child’s unique difficulties associated with inconsistent mental effort and variable self-monitoring, flexible structuring is an attitude that focuses on addressing problems instead of bemoaning them. In this series of articles, Dr. Davenport provides helpful suggestions for many common behavior struggles, as well as, recommendations for when to use token economies, response cost, and natural/logical consequences.
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Classroom accommodations are a vital part of the management process for children who struggle with ADD/ADHD and associated executive functioning problems. Accommodations should be used to assist children and teens in managing their struggles while facilitating success in their academic and personal efforts.
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The child or teen with attention and executive functioning struggles has difficulty learning and benefits from an education plan that addresses two specific needs: (1) structuring aimed at helping her build her own internal structured approach to problem solving, and (2) flexibility of classroom accommodations and auxilliary aids to support her unique set of executive skill weaknesses.
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Striving for success in life without established goals is like trying to climb a mountain without a well thought out plan and the necessary tools. It’s overwhelming! Where do you start? How will you ever reach the top? It’s hard to imagine. In this set of articles, Dr. Davenport outlines ways adults and students …
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Children with learning, attention, social, or emotional problems often lose esteem because of continued failures and struggles. They negatively compare themselves to their peers who don’t struggle, and over time, they can easily become unmotivated. Poor motivation often leads to negative beliefs, harmful actions and a cycle of continued failure. The good news is that parents and teachers can help change a child’s trajectory in life! Read this series of articles to learn how.
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Studying without a plan and without organization is like trying to eat a pizza that’s not cut. It’s overwhelming! Where do you start? These 11 active learning strategies give your child the ability to break her studies down into small manageable steps just like a pizza cutter allows her to cut a pizza into smaller easier to handle pieces.
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