Students who struggle with executive functions often struggle with multiple-step math procedures and math problem solving. In addition to providing them age-appropriate strategies, these students can benefit from classroom accommodations. Accommodating involves adjusting for areas of known weaknesses in math procedures without “watering down” the math concept. Accommodations might include: Ask educators to allow your …
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Over the years, Dr. Davenport has written a number of articles to help address the needs of children, teens, adults, and families struggling with many aspects of life.
This index of articles is designed to serve as a launching point to help you start down the path of finding the help you desire and deserve. Enjoy!
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In the rainforest, something is always growing, and the most growth occurs after some immediate conflict, the resulting change, and even more conflict.
The same is true for us when we learn how to endure the conflicts of change and experience lasting growth.
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Why is it that we feel compassion and we want to help our fellow-strugglers, but we often struggle to feel the same toward ourselves when facing our own failures? Why do we often criticize ourselves (sometimes harshly) when we falter and fall? Why are we so much tougher on ourselves than on anyone else when it comes to our faults and flaws?
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ADHD is one of the most researched and most misunderstood medical conditions. Confusion occurs largely because the terms “attention deficit” and “hyperactivity” describe only the surface features of this challenge: these are just one piece of the ADHD puzzle: the symptoms are much broader and deeper than this. In this series of articles, Dr. Davenport address the myths, misunderstandings, mysteries, and magic of ADHD.
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When considering the difficulties you, your child, or your teen are having, it is important to contemplate all possible causes including anxiety, adjustment, and mood disorders. Children and teens who struggle with these challenges may have trouble with school performance and behavior. They may even appear distracted, impulsive, and hyperactive. Adults struggling with these difficulties can struggle too.
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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 executive functioning, flexible structuring is an attitude that focuses on addressing problems instead of bemoaning them.
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The child or teen with attention, learning, and executive functioning struggles can benefit from an education plan that addresses two specific needs:
(1) Structuring aimed at helping her build her own internal structured approach to problem solving.
(2) Flexibility of classroom accommodations and auxilliary aids to support her unique set of needs.
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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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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 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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