Executive Functioning

Studies have shown that students diagnosed with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities can struggle with Executive Functioning skills.  This is often represented by activation in the prefrontal lobe which affects the problem solving and decision making process.  Executive Functioning skills are critical in the academic development process since they affect working memory, decoding skills, reading fluency, mathematical computation, organization skills, prioritization, and time management.

Trident Academy understands that what works well for one child might not work well for another.  Our strategies are designed to help each individual student recognize and understand their strengths and weaknesses regarding their Executive Functioning skills.  Some students may struggle with 1 or more of the following skills:

  • Impulse Control
  • Problem Solving
  • Transition Flexibility
  • Emotional Control and Appropriate Response
  • Task Initiation
  • Working Memory
  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Behavior Management

 

Strategies designed to help Executive Functioning skills are woven into the curriculum, modeled by the teacher, and practiced throughout the day to ensure a structured and systematic day.  We have found this to be a successful way to motivate students and achieve maximum effort.  This, then coupled with their individualized academic learning plans, ensure a successful academic experience.