Executive Function Skills: The Key to Academic Success
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Executive Function skills are self-management skills that help students (and adults) achieve goals. In order to be effective, students must be able to manage their emotions, focus attention, organize and plan their work and time, and reflect upon and revise their tactics as circumstances change. As the demands of school increase each year, having well-developed Executive Function skills becomes critical in order to perform well in school. Students who have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or other learning differences often have Executive Function challenges; however, students need not have a formal diagnosis to struggle in this area.
Students are expected to have well-developed Executive Function skills by the time they reach high school, but these critical life skills are not typically taught in elementary school or middle school. With expert guidance and structure, students can learn to effectively manage themselves so that they are equipped for taking on challenges in school or in life. Consistent academic performance requires stamina, which is built on a foundation of solid Executive Function skills.
What Executive Function skills do students need?
- Managing time
- Organizing thoughts and materials
- Paying attention
- Planning and prioritizing
- Getting started (task initiation)
- Staying on track
- Remembering what to do and when to do it
- Managing emotions and impulses
I have helped hundreds of students gain the skills they need through an individualized approach to changing habits and developing tools and strategies.
What is Educational Therapy?
Educational Therapy provides individualized, remedial instruction to a child with learning challenges, including but not limited to dyslexia, ADHD, executive function deficits, and language, visual and auditory processing issues.
Educational therapy focuses not only on remediation but also on building the foundational attention, memory, and learning skills to allow the child to become a more self-aware, self-reliant, and efficient learner.
After an initial and thorough assessment, an individualized plan of treatment and session schedule is created, taking into consideration the whole child, his/her school life, home environment, and social engagements.
Generally, a child receives Educational Therapy twice a week, but a more intensive* course of therapy may be recommended when a child’s skills are significantly delayed. My decision to serve students in private practice is the result of 19 years teaching special education (grades K-12), education research for my doctorate degree in Education Administration and Leadership, and my experience cross-culturally as a Fulbright Scholar, International Conference presenter, and published education researcher.
My expertise is in Executive Functioning Skills- Time Management, Organization, Study Strategies, Research Skills, and applying Mental Models for better decision making. Each student is unique in their learning profile, and I connect how they learn best, with the right strategies to help them maximize their potential in school and in life.