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Students with Executive Functioning Disorder (EFD) have great difficulty self-regulating their behavior and staying organized. A student with EFD may have problems with:|
The fact is, people with EFD are not lazy or defiant. Their brains just aren't wired to be organized in the same way as most people.
The good news is that brains continue to grow and mature into adulthood. You can help a child with EFD learn strategies to overcome the learning difficulties they face. New cognitive connections can be made and faulty connections can be "rewired", but it takes time and a lot of patient support from caring adults.
Strategies for EFDOrganized independence should be the goal for a child with Executive Functioning Disorder. As parents, we want to see our kids succeed, so sometimes we do more work than we should in helping them meet goals and obligations. For younger kids, this is fine. But, unless you plan on going off to college with your child, you need to begin to slowly take away some of your support so they can further develop and practice necessary Executive Functioning life skills.
The key to successfully helping your child develop EF skills is to have them be a part of the solution. Ask them what they think might help. Try implementing a couple of strategies at a time. Check in with your child after a week to see how they think the strategy is helping them. If one strategy doesn't work, have your child brainstorm with you what you could do differently.
January 17, 2018