Your son may be having trouble with executive functioning if he:
- Struggles with feeling the passage of time or seems to have no sense of time
- Has difficulty getting ready in the morning without constant, repetitive prompts
- Appears to lack situational awareness (reading a room)
- Requires constant prompting and supervision to complete non-preferred tasks
- Seems to lack motivation for anything that is not interesting to him
- Over-estimates how long homework will take
- Has difficulty getting off of video games/computers or transition to any non-preferred tasks
- Struggles to tell a story in a narrative format (clear beginning, middle, end)
- Leaves belongings at various places
- Does homework but forgets to turn it in
- Shoves papers in his backpack and lacks an organization system
If your son is diagnosed with ADHD his executive functioning skills are at least 3 years behind his chronological age.
Our approach to teaching executive functioning is about getting to the root of executive functioning weaknesses and building skills that have not developed naturally. Additionally, we teach parents how to help their child move from being “prompt-dependent” to independent. Please note that the skill we work on we consider to be “global executive functioning” thus we do not just focus on academics.
We teach user-friendly specific skills and strategies which include:
- Improving situational intelligence so they can “read a room” and develop greater awareness of their surroundings..
- “Feel” the passage of time to estimate how long tasks will take as well as how to change or maintain their pace to finish tasks within an allotted amount of time.
- Develop a goal-setting approach to homework, including personalized study habits such as recording, bringing home, completing and returning assignments.
- Manage multiple activities, including homework, long-term projects and extracurricular activities, while still having time to themselves.
- Become less prompt-dependent on parents and teachers and more independent
Executive Function treatment is done in individual sessions with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW-Center for ADHD Director.