Have you observed your child to have significant difficulty in starting his/her homework or if you tell them to wash the dishes, it often takes several hours to complete this simple task? Ever notice how difficult it is to find important school papers given the amount of old, crumbled papers and food wrappers found within the base of your child’s book bag. Maybe your child becomes easily agitated even about minor situations. Such strong emotions can often interfere with his/her ability to complete a task. Or maybe your child performs well academically; yet seems to have difficulty executing such tasks as keeping his room clean or getting to the school bus stop on time.
If you answered yes to any or all of the above cited questions, your child may be experiencing some executive functioning deficits.
Executive functioning as cited within the neuroscience literature refers to the brain-based skills required for individuals to “execute” or perform tasks. Executive functioning includes our decision-making, planning and information management skills.– John Doe
Executive functioning includes our decision-making, planning and information management skills. Even our most fundamental task, such as getting a glass of water from the refrigerator, can require multiple executive functioning skills, such as planning the route to the kitchen, deciding which glass to get, remembering to return the milk to the refrigerator, and remembering to close the refrigerator door all without getting distracted by what’s on television. More complicated tasks require more sophisticated executive functioning skills.
However, the complexity of tasks that our children are often required to execute on a daily basis, whether at home or school, often exceeds their developmentally appropriate acquisition of executive functioning. Moreover, with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, there is often more evidence of executive functioning impairment. Neuroscience research suggests that the frontal lobe of the brain, which has been coined as the area which controls our emotion, behavior, attention and decision-making, does not fully develop until approximately 20 years of age. Hence, the need to help our children provide clear, executive functioning skills seems paramount. Thus, Behavioral Management Group, LLC has developed an executive functioning course, which will help students develop these essential skills required to navigate life’s demands.
Such skills to be covered include:
- Response Inhibition/Impulse Control
- Emotion Control
- Working Memory skills
- Planning & Prioritizing
- Time Management