- Have you tried timers, lists, etc. and found that they don’t help your son?
- Are you constantly prompting him to do routine tasks?
- Has tutoring, therapy or IEP/504 goals not been effective in addressing your son’s executive functioning challenges?
- You are not alone!
Your son may be having trouble with executive functioning if he:
- Struggles with feeling the passage of time or seems to have no sense of time
- Has difficulty getting ready in the morning without constant prompts
- Appears to lack situational awareness (reading a room)
- Requires constant supervision to complete non-preferred tasks
- Seems to lack motivation for anything that is not interesting to him
- Over-estimates how long homework will take
- Has difficulty getting off of video games/computers
- Struggles to tell a story in a narrative format (clear beginning, middle, end)
- Leaves belongings at various places
- Collects useless objects and doesn’t want to throw them out
- Does homework but forgets to turn it in
- Shoves papers in his backpack
- Cannot do homework without someone sitting with him
- Becomes oppositional when asked to do tasks that involve multiple steps
Our approach to teaching executive functioning is about getting to the root of executive functioning weaknesses and building skills that have not developed naturally. Additionally, we teach parents how to help their child move from being “prompt-dependent” to independent.
We teach simple skills and strategies which are not taught in schools, traditional therapy/counseling or tutoring. Skills we teach include:
- Improving situational awareness (being on the “timeline” of what’s happening at a particular time & place and understanding next steps)
- “Feel” the passage of time to estimate how long tasks will take as well as how to change or maintain their pace to finish tasks within an allotted amount of time.
- Self-monitoring skills which includes learning to have an internal dialogue and understand how time is being wasted
- Develop a goal-setting approach to homework, including personalized study habits such as recording, bringing home, completing and returning assignments.
- Manage multiple activities, including homework, long-term projects and extracurricular activities, while still having time to themselves.
- Become less prompt-dependent on parents/teachers and more independent
Executive function treatment is done in individual sessions with Ryan Wexelblatt, LCSW-Director. Parents are present for all or a portion of the session, depending on age. Please note that depending on the time of year, there may be a waiting list for individual sessions at our Bryn Mawr office.
If you’re struggled to help your son improve his executive functioning you’re not alone. Many parent feel lost as to how they help their son improve his executive functioning and age-expected independence. Let us help, please contact us today. Executive functioning weaknesses do not just go away with maturity.