10 Easy Steps to Accommodate Students with Executive Functioning Weaknesses

10 Easy Steps to Accommodate Students with Executive
Functioning Weaknesses
   1.  Provide a consistent and structured environment:
At home: Create a structured routine and try to
schedule activities that are always on the same days and at the same
times.  You can even schedule
unstructured, free times.
In school: All teachers should communicate and post
homework assignments in the same way and at an expected time daily.  Home work should also be collected in a
reliable, routine manner.  Finally,
the classroom need to be managed in a consistent way with clear and concise
Provide reminders:
Use smart phones, ipods, watches with alarms,
and PDAs to provide auditory and visual reminders of important dates,
activities, and things that need to be done.
Use a large month or two month at a glance
calendar to schedule events and post it in a high traffic location.  Review the calendar weekly and verbally
highlight each event.  If new activities
are added during the week, be sure to communicate these verbally and write them
on the calendar in a different color so that they stand out.
Weekly, schedule and organization time:
At home: schedule an hour each week where all
family members “get organized.” 
Make it a fun time by playing music, having tasty snacks, and helping
each other.
At school: 
schedule a time once a week where students have an allocated time to get
their desks, backpacks, and lockers organized.  Try to make this fun by having contests and prizes for “the
most organized,” “the tidiest backpack,” 
“the best long-term planner,” “the neatest agenda”…  This too can be a time where teacher’s
can play music or students can listen to their ipods.
Praise and reward organization, planning and
time management skills that are self initiated.
Exhibit the behaviors you wish to see.  This means that you have to be
organized, plan and manage your time too. 
Set an example for your kids and students.  If you need help, hire an organization specialist for the
family or classroom.
Organize the environment so that there is a place
for everything.  You can even label
drawers, closets, and shelves if necessary.
Stay calm and supportive when your child or
student struggles with planning, time management and organization.  Make a time when the two of you can sit
down and devise a plan of action.
Avoid name calling.  Lazy, unmotivated, careless and other negative labels will
not help the situation.  In fact,
it can create an environment where the child/student feels helpless and it can also
damage their self-esteem.
   10. When
your child or student is “mentally spent,” provide breaks, do an errand
together, play a short game, or take a walk. 
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