Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Executive skills part 2
Executive Skills part 1
According to Smart but Scattered Teens , an awesome book about learning and developing executive skills, there are 11 different forms of executive skills. Take a look at these brief definition to see which skill your client may be struggling with.
Response inhibition: These kiddos struggle with impulse control, or stopping and thinking before they act.
Working memory: Remembering simple things such as a coat or backpack, but also being able to recall information while completing tasks, testing for example.
Emotional control: A consistent struggle with PSR clients, and just how it sounds.
Flexibility: Rigid much? Does your client really struggle with unexpected situations or problem solving on the spot?
Sustained attention: Within normal limits, these kiddos really struggle with their attention span, or to absorb information that is an age appropriate amount of time.
Task initiation: Some kids can problem solve and have a picture in their minds of ways to start a task, and some kids struggle to know where or how to start.
Planning/prioritization: Pretty self explanatory, can your client complete their goals or at the very least have a good understanding of ways they should be spending their time?
Organization: Now we (most of us) struggle with organization, but this is if the lack of organization is really affecting their schoolwork or daily lives.
Time management: Again, as a reminder these kiddos who have plenty of potential and ability, but are having a hard time to the point of great frustration or is causing their activities or schoolwork to suffer.
Goal-directed persistence: These kiddos really struggle to follow through and give up easily.
Metacognition: This is the ability to look at things from a different perspective, and to be able to take a step back from the situation in order to re-approach the problem.
Which areas is your client struggling with? Part 3 will give you some tips to work on some of these skills.