Monday, April 8, 2013

Executive skills part 1

Hello friends!

For those of you who are interested or work with teens or preteens, I came across some very interesting and helpful information on self-awareness or executive skills.

Definition of executive skills and what they have to do with PSR:

Executive skills are the ability to organize, manage time, use memory and lists in order to function and problem solve.  You begin developing executive skills as an infant, but going into adolescence, there is a common struggle for teens who have the intelligence to do well with these skills, but are struggling with their executive skills.  For example, say you have a teen who forgets everything, doesn't hand in their work, struggles to get ready in the morning, makes poor impulsive decisions, and has a really hard time regulating themselves.  Sound familiar? They may be struggling with their executive skills.

The basic idea is that there are a lot of things going on with an adolescent brain, this and other factors can result in a kiddo struggling to regulate themselves and keep themselves organized.  This is where you come in!  This information and a little more research can help you help your client get themselves together!

Now that you have a kiddo in mind to help with these skills, stay tuned for part 2 to help you pinpoint specific areas they struggle with.

In the meantime, check out this great book Smart But Scattered Teens.

Cheers!

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