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What Is Executive Functioning?



The executive functions all serve a "command and control" function; they can be viewed as the "conductor" of all cognitive skills. Executive functions help you manage life tasks of all types. For example, executive functions let you organize a trip, a research project, or a paper for school. Learn more in this introductory article.
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Summer Reading for Children with Dyslexia

Here are a dozen simple strategies to help your child maintain their literacy skills. Give your child material that is motivating — and some of it should be easy. Help your child enjoy books and feel pleasure — not pressure — from reading. The summer should be a relaxed time where a love of learning can flower.

Crickets, Books, and Bach: How to Create a Summer Listening Program

Listening to books is an entirely different experience than reading. Because audiobooks can be comprehended at a higher level than a child’s reading level, new types of books and authors become accessible. Find helpful tips on designing a summer audiobook plan for your listener!

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Michael's Successful Summer

Michael is an eight-year-old whose dyslexia has made school a struggle. Follow him to a six-week intensive summer program at the Landmark School — a well-known school for children with learning disabilities based in Beverly, Massachusetts. The Landmark program features explicit instruction, a slower pace, and lots of repetition to help students like Michael.

When the Child with Special Needs Goes Off to Summer Camp

Everything changes when a child leaves home and parents must design a whole new system of communicating with and caring for the absent child. If your child is away at camp, you doubtless understand this and are trying to adapt to this situation. Get some helpful tips from LD expert Rick Lavoie.

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Issues Manage Social Behaviors

Children with executive functioning difficulties are often given to impulsive actions that can be seen as impolite or irritating by others. Here are some strategies to help a child curb these behaviors.

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn, by Kellyn, age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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