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If your child has difficulty getting organized, remembering things, doing homework, and finishing projects, he or she may have executive function issues. Executive function is the cognitive skills we all use to analyze tasks, break them down into steps, and keep them in mind until we get things done.

 

 Executive function skills allow us to manage our time effectively, memorize facts, understand what we read, solve multi-step problems, and organize our thoughts when writing.

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What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for Elementary School Students?

An elementary school in many school districts across the country encompasses grades 1-5, or from 6 to 10. This is a critical time for the development of foundational executive function skills. These include:

 

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

 

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for multi-part tasks

 

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

 

  • Organization

Keeping materials at home and in school

 

  • Planning

Preparing or mapping out multi-step tasks such as longer-term class projects

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What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for Middle School Students?

For the continued development of executive function skills, middle school is an important time. For middle school students, the following executive function skills are honed:

 

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

 

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for lengthy or challenging tasks

 

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

 

  • Organization

Keeping track of materials at home and in school, organizing ideas and information for essays and research papers

 

  • Planning and Prioritizing

Mapping out multi-step tasks such as long-term class projects and judging which assignments are most important to tackle first and which assignments matter most

 

  • Time Management

Allocating an appropriate amount of time for work and other commitments

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What are the Expected Executive Functioning Skills for High School Students?

High School is also an important time for the continued development of Executive Function skills for students. These include:

 

  • Self-regulation

Managing strong emotions and inhibiting impulsive behaviors

 

  • Attention

Sustaining focus, especially for lengthy or challenging tasks

 

  • Task Initiation

Starting a non-preferred task

 

  • Organization

Keeping track of materials at home and in school, organizing ideas and information for essays and research papers, managing digital data and files

 

  • Planning and Prioritizing

Mapping out multi-step tasks such as long-term class projects and tackling assignments in order of importance

 

  • Time Management

Allocating time for work and other commitments

 

  • Cognitive Flexibility

Taking the perspective of teachers and peers and formulating different solutions to problems.

 

While some students seem to develop these skills seamlessly, many struggle and can benefit from a direct 1:1 executive functioning coaching and support that is often unavailable in most schools.

 

Parents and Teacher Might Notice

Students’ Challenges at School

Problems with executive functioning can manifest as soon as students begin attending school.

Parents and teachers may notice the following challenges in elementary, middle, and high school students:

 

  • Behavior or emotion management challenges

Struggling with managing behavior or emotions can be detrimental to a student’s progress in school. He or she may exhibit poor self-control, is impulsive, is easily frustrated and prone to giving up on tasks, and gets anxious and unable to settle down and focus on the task. This can lead to cramming and last-minute completion of tasks, which can further his or her anxiety and cause panic and stress.

 

  • Academic challenges

Students who struggle with executive functioning skills will often seem to lack not only focus but also drive and persistence to start or finish a task. You may notice that they have trouble keeping track of materials needed for schoolwork, have poor study habits and note-taking skills in class, and often misses deadlines for homework and projects.

 

  • Social challenges

Executive functioning challenges can also affect a student’s relationships with his or her peers, teachers, or family members. A student may find it difficult to work with his or her classmates on projects, get involved in group exercises, and have a poor relationship with teachers.

 

  • Organizational challenges

Organizational skills is one of the key executive functioning skills. A student who struggles with executive functioning will often have trouble organizing his school materials, study area, following multistep directions, or managing long-term projects.

 

  • Time management challenges

Cramming sessions and last-minute initiation and completion of tasks are commonplace for a student with executive functioning issues. This often leads to stress, anxiety, and panic.

 

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Does Your Child Struggle with the Following:

 

  • Why does my child take so much time to do homework?
  • How can I help my child calm down?
  • How can I reduce my child’s temper tantrums?
  • How can I help my child become more organized?
  • Why does my child often forget to do homework?
  • How can I motivate my child to do well in high school?
  • Why does my child stay up so late doing homework?
  • Why does my child wait until the last minute to do projects?
  • Why does my child do poorly on tests, despite studying?
  • Will my child be prepared to succeed in college?
  • How can I get my child to start their homework earlier without constant reminders?
  • How can I help my child manage frustration?
  • How can I help my child increase self-confidence?
  • My child is smart, but why does he/she keep receiving low grades?

 

Themba Tutors helps elementary, middle school, high school, and college students maximize their learning potential from a collaborative approach through our executive function coaching. We work closely with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

 

How Can Themba Help? 1:1 Executive Function Coaching

 

Our coaches and tutors can help your child develop and strengthen his or her executive functioning skills. Your child will:

 

  • Learn and apply techniques to manage strong emotions and stress
  • Learn and apply methods to maintain focus on tasks
  • Learn how to initiate and stay on challenging tasks
  • Develop customized systems to keep track of and organize materials and work areas
  • Create strategies and systems for starting and completing writing assignments
  • Know how to complete assignments in segments and plan how to accomplish them
  • Learn how to self-reflect and analyze his or her own skills and habits
  • Know how to use technology more efficiently
  • Recognize factors that improve their motivation or distract them from being productive
  • Learn effective study and test-taking habits
  • Know how to advocate for themselves in school

 

 

We help students with the following:

 

  • Organizing their work or study area
  • Increasing engagement
  • Optimizing schedules and routines
  • Breaking apart learning/tasks into manageable chunks
  • Taking advantage of breaks
  • Accommodating their sensory needs
  • Making adjustments to ensure efficiency
  • Scaffolding systems for starting, planning, and executing tasks
  • Previewing material
  • Teaching multi-modality learning/memory retention
  • And more!

 

 

At Themba Tutors, we help elementary, middle, and high school students identify key executive functioning skills they are having difficulties with. We will provide them with tools and help them learn the necessary skills to overcome the learning challenges they face. Our executive function coaching can be customized for all grades and skill levels.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What are the common signs of executive functioning difficulties?
  • Difficulties regulating emotions 
  • Problems with starting, organizing, planning, or completing tasks
  • Trouble listening or paying attention
  • Forgetfulness
  • Struggles to multitask or manage multiple tasks
  • Socially inappropriate behavior e.g. impulsiveness
What is executive functioning?

Executive functions include cognitive processes such as attentional control, inhibition, working memory, and flexibility.

What are the common signs of executive functioning difficulties?
  • Trouble listening or paying attention
  • Inability to multitask or balance tasks
  • Problems with starting, organizing, planning, or completing tasks
  • Short-term memory issues
  • Socially inappropriate behavior
  • Trouble controlling emotions or impulses
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Inability to learn from past consequences
  • Having a hard time learning or processing new information
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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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