Executive Function

special interest

A Special Interest: An Obsession or a Tool?

We all have things that we love to think and talk about.  For example, Chris enjoys to talk about his love for Disney World and Wine.  Ok, they are two very different things but...
Coffee with Younger Self

4 Lessons I’d Share with My Younger Self over Coffee

Important Lessons... Yep. I was THAT kid. You know, the one who loved every single thing about school. From day one, I was the desk-straightener, the eraser-beater, the paper-hander-outer. I vividly remember meeting our student...
initiation struggles

Initiation Struggles: Procrastination, Opposition, or Overwhelm?

The assignment has been given. The homework is spread out on the dining room table. The chores have been charted and explained…..5 times. And yet, your child doesn’t move. What’s up?  Why is your...
emotional control

Avoid Outbursts: Teach Children Emotional Control

When my son, JJ, was 16 years old, he was suspended from high school for his impulsive behavior. His peers seemed to know what buttons to push to get him to lose emotional control...
organized-school-work

Ideas to Organize the Disorganized Student

We're just passed that honeymoon period of school when grades are good, students are somewhat organized, and everyone is motivated. At this time, papers start to pile up, some assignments are missing, and binders...
transitions special needs

Change the Way We Think About Transitions

We are all about the “getting ready” for our children with sensory processing needs. Our focus is often front-loaded. As therapists, while prepping for our sessions, we have ready what each child needs in...

Backpacks: Organization, Sensory, Safety and Social

School is underway.  Mentally exhausted kids with tons of pent up energy enter their homes in the afternoon and toss their backpacks just about anywhere.  They head to the kitchen for a snack and...
Help Kids Learn

Set Kids Up for Success – How Kids Learn Best

A few years back, I went to an amazing conference in Virginia attended by the top neuropsychologists and educators in the country.  The conference boasted three days of intense learning about HOW kids learn...

6 Tips to Organize the Homework Area

Now that we are slowly establishing the school year routine, one of the most important (let’s face it, they’re all important) aspects of the daily grind for kids is homework.  Establishing a designated, functional...
Visual Timers

Visual Timers: Boost Productivity & Self Esteem

Time to a child can be so elusive and unimportant, yet its pressure can be extremely limiting and even debilitating.  For children and teens  with executive function isms, time can be an unrelenting enemy....