Executive functioning is a key term that comes up again and again in the development of a child. Basically, it is a breakdown of the cognitive skills that we need to learn and function. For example, attention, memory, self monitoring, cognitive shifting etc.
With children with ADHD, learning disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder or other disabilities, one or more of executive functioning capabilities tend to be compromised. As parents and educators, we can help children to compensate for these areas of weakness through different strategies or finding accommodations to get the job done!
Today I am sharing an article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities that reviews the importance self monitoring and strategies to help your child develop these skills at home: http://www.ncld.org/types-learning-disabilities/executive-function-disorders/executive-functioning-self-monitoring-checking-independent-living.
Read on and share your thoughts about this with me!
Finally, the research supports what we've known all along.... children with Autism Spectrum Disorders are known to wander and bolt. This is a very stressful experience for parents, and one with which they receive little support because of the false belief that this is due to poor parenting or inattentiveness. :http://www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/study-confirms-autism-wandering-common-scary
The main reasons for why children wander or bolt, as indicated in this article are:
"When asked why their child with autism wandered, just over half of parents indicated that their child “simply enjoys running and/or exploring.” Other common reasons included heading to a favorite place, escaping an anxious situation, escaping uncomfortable sensory stimuli or pursuing a special interest (each reported by roughly a third of parents)."
Help a fellow parent out - In the next time you see a child wandering or bolting, intervene to prevent injury or allowing the child to get too far from his/her parent!
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I am sharing a link to an article that I wrote for Special Needs Magazine in November 2012. This article speaks to different ways you can advocate for your child all year long. At this time, IEP Annual Review season is beginning; however, keep these tips in mind: http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/general-special-needs/advocate-your-child-school
Also, email or post your questions about your child's upcoming IEP - let me help you to make your Annual Review meeting less stressful and get you feeling prepared for the big day!
Dr. Liz Matheis
Dr Liz Matheis and her team specialize in assisting children and their families with Anxiety, Autism, AD/HD, Learning Disabilities and Behavioral Struggles