Guest blogger Bonnie Terry is a learning expert who helps parents and students overcome learning challenges associated with disabilities (such as Dyslexia and ADHD), and the attention-deficit lifestyle of a cyber powered world. You can access her services at BonnieTerryLearning. We are very pleased to present her insights, for we know that parents are the primary teachers for life and we are divinely equipped to teach our children how to learn.
I often get calls from parents who are concerned about their kids dyslexia, ADHD, reading, writing, spelling, or math skills. And within our conversations it shortly becomes apparent to me that there is an additional problem that is interfering with their child’s learning: having poor executive function skills.
Executive function is a term used to describe a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. We use executive function when we perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing and paying attention to and remembering details.
These skills allow us to finish our work on time, ask for help when needed, wait to speak until we’re called upon, and seek additional information.
- has difficulty planning a project
- has trouble comprehending how much time a project will take to complete
- struggles to tell a story (verbally or in writing)
- has trouble communicating details in an organized, sequential manner
- has difficulty with the mental strategies involved in memorization and retrieving information from memory
- has trouble initiating activities or tasks, or generating ideas independently
- has difficulty retaining information while doing something with it; e.g., remembering a phone number while dialing.
Having difficulty in three or more of these areas means you do NOT have strong executive function skills.
One thing to note is that executive function is NOT fully ‘in-tact’ until you are in your mid-twenties. However, that being said, you can improve your planning abilities with help.
This is the most redeeming quality of homework…teaching planning skills.
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