Do you have students in your classroom who can follow routines and manage their behavior while they regulate their thinking and emotions? And, other students who cannot seem to control their behavior or stick to classroom routines? They may fidget and have difficulty ignoring things that are irrelevant. The contrasts in these students illustrate differences… [Read more…] Thinking About Executive Function—Why is it Important?
It is that time of year– the application for the 2018 Youth and Parent Summit is live and can be found at the I’m Determined Project website. The Youth and Parent Summit invites 120 Virginia youth (ages 13-21) with disabilities to James Madison University each June for three days of fun. Participating youth will learn strategies for… [Read more…] I’m Determined Project
According to Dr. Kelly Cartwright, author of Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension, three core executive skills are cognitive flexibility, working memory, and inhibition. Cognitive Flexibility allows student to shift attention between components of a task (i.e. decoding and text meaning). Working Memory is the capacity to be able to work with and hold information in… [Read more…] Executive Skills and Reading Comprehension
What makes reading for understanding especially challenging for children on the autism spectrum? Autism Spectrum Disorders are a cluster of developmental disorders characterized by deficits in communication and social interactions as well as cognitive processing deficits. Learners within the spectrum exhibit a range of strengths and weaknesses, with a full range of intellectual abilities from… [Read more…] Reading for Meaning and Autism Spectrum Disorders
How many times have you considered students’ inattention in class, poor behavior or poor grades as laziness, lack of studying, or simply lack of motivation and caring? Suppose it is none of these, but rather weaknesses in executive functioning skills? And what if there was something you could do to help your students succeed? What… [Read more…] Executive Function Skills and the Connection to Behavior