ACADEMIC AND EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING RESOURCES
At times, simple supports can provide both an academic and an emotional support with vulnerable students. This section offers different suggestions from privacy folders (per cycle), organizational strategies, the use of The Wonder Time Clock and academic tools in ELA, FSL and Math. The objective is to provide some examples, these are clearly not exhaustive. We recommend that you seek the support of the classroom teacher, your school resource teacher and school board educational consultant to provide specific tools for students presenting individual challenges.
Executive Functioning skills can be supported and coached over the lifetime. Complex tasks that require many steps and skills can often be daunting for students. Having structures and methods of introducing material in the classroom can greatly support students and impact their engagement and involvement in different types of learning. We have gathered a few resources, however your school board’s Special Education Consultants, Speech and Language Pathologists and Resource Teachers will have additional resources available for you. They can also assist you in implementing these strategies.
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EDITORIAL: Executive Functioning Skills
Colleen Beck, OT Tool Box.
Executive Functioning Skills guide everything we do. From making decisions, to staying on track with an activity, to planning and prioritizing a task. The ability to make a decision, plan it out, and act on it without being distracted is what allows us to accomplish the most mundane of tasks to the more complicated and multi-step actions.
EDITORIAL: Improving a Child's Executive Skills at School
Shelley Galvin and Patricia Pooler, Tools to Grow Inc.
There are many opportunities for students to use executive skills throughout the course of a school day. A student’s ability to locate notes, select and bring home the correct notebooks, complete an assignment on time, navigate their school environment, and organize their locker and desk, are vital executive functioning skills that are required to succeed in school.