Children and teens with executive functioning problems often have difficulty learning and benefit from an education plan that addresses two specific needs: structuring and flexibility. In this series of articles, Dr. Davenport outlines research based suggestions.
Learning Struggles Associated with Executive Functions
Children and teens with executive functioning challenges often struggle with very specific areas of language and learning:
Pragmatic (Social) Language
Higher-Order Language (cause/effect, compare/contrast, and inference)
Math Procedures and Problem Solving
Organization of Written Narratives
Educational Care Addresses Two Specific Needs
The research completed by the Brain and Behaviour Centre in Toronto is considered the “gold-standard” and is the basis for our recommendations that children with executive functioning problems can benefit from an education plan that addresses two specific needs:
Structuring aimed at helping your child or teen build her own internal structured approach to these academic skills:
Flexibility of classroom accommodations for the specific weaknesses associated with the individual child’s executive skill deficits. As the child with executive function difficulties is developing her own internal structure for completing multifaceted tasks, she will benefit from accommodations to support her weak executive skills.
Collaborating for Success
Parents and Educators are encouraged to collaborate to meet the child’s needs through synergistic educational planning. Parents of children who attend public school are urged to formalize services through either section 504 or special education.
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(c) 2009-2014, Monte W. Davenport, Ph.D.
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