Executive function, as defined by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, is:
a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.
In an article from helpguide.org, the author explains how symptoms of attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder can affect a child’s executive functioning abilities.
Although the symptoms of ADD/ADHD can be nothing short of exasperating, it’s important to remember that the child with ADD/ADHD who is ignoring, annoying, or embarrassing you is not acting willfully. Kids with ADD/ADHD want to sit quietly; they want to make their rooms tidy and organized; they want to do everything their parent says to do—but they don’t know how to make these things happen.
Now here are some tips gathered from various sites (all references will be at the end):
- Believe in your child. Think about or make a written list of everything that is positive, valuable, and unique about your child. Trust that your child can learn, change, mature, and succeed. Make thinking about this trust a daily task as you brush your teeth or make your coffee.
- Create consistency. Both Matlen and ADHD expert Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, underscored the importance of structure and consistency. Adults benefit greatly from this, too, since managing time and being organized are challenges, Matlen said. “Keeping each day as structured as possible will lessen the stress for all.”
- Praise your child. According to Sarkis, “In an ideal world, the ratio of positive statements to negative statements should be 6 to 1.” In other words, if you criticize your child once, you should praise them at least six times.
NeuroFit has created a program that will help families understand the diagnosis and how to better help those with ADHD function in day to day activities. To learn more about our social skills and executive functioning class visit us at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html or call us at (201) 857-4768.
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