About 1 in 10 students struggle with Executive Function, and since most adults don’t understand how EF impacts these kids, they often don’t get the help they need. This causes three massive problems:
- Many of these kids end up feeling like there is something wrong with them. Consequently, they don’t understand the value of their strengths.
- Many of these kids don’t develop the skills they need to launch a successful future (aka “Failure to Launch” kids). They can struggle for decades.
- When trying to help, adults will often unknowingly make mistakes that cause students to be more resistant.
Welcome to SethPerler.com, a blog for parents and educators who just want clear, effective, and unconventional approaches to helping struggling students, without the bs.
The parents who subscribe here are sick of spinning their wheels. Many have seen their kids struggle year after year and watched helplessly as patterns get worse. The teachers and professionals who subscribe are the ones who challenge the status quo. They are looking for something different because they’ve seen too many ineffective interventions. They’re sick of cookie cutter approaches and just want the right tools to decode their complicated students. These adults want to figure out what’s going on so they can get on with giving kids the support they need.
Let’s face it, most schools (private and alternative included) fail to understand Executive Function, and struggling students often begin to believe the lies that they are lazy, unmotivated, stupid, not trying hard enough, or that they don’t care enough about school. Fortunately, these beliefs are based on misunderstandings, and with the right tools, we can help these kids change the narrative and get the tools they need to have a happy, healthy and successful future.
I’m Seth Perler, a renegade teacher turned Executive Function Coach/Education Coach based in Santa Monica, CA and Boulder, CO. I help struggling students navigate a crazy educational landscape and do my part to “disrupt” and improve education. I specialize in Executive Function and 2e. My blog gives you game-changing answers in a sea of misguided educational fluff.
School was incredibly challenging for me and it isn’t working for countless outside-the-box learners of today. I started this blog to:
- Give you free, actionable solutions to help your child, &
- Challenge the status quo to improve education.
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- My True Story – Read about my struggles as a student and how I overcame them.
- Executive Function – Why EF is the most important thing parents and teachers must understand, but don’t.
- 2e – Everything you need to know about 2e/twice exceptional kids and how to support them.
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About Struggling Students – The Big Picture
“The most impressive attribute of Seth is his steadfast dedication. He has never given up on our daughter, even when she has become overwhelmed and wanted to give up. He has taught her to believe in herself. She is now graduating and will walk in the December ceremony. She could not have done it without him.” – Bonnie Auerbach, Los Angeles, CA
As you know, I’m Seth, an Executive Function Coach, Education Consultant & Advocate out of Santa Monica, CA.
In my blog I teach you exactly how I empower outside-the-box learners to navigate a baffling educational landscape so they can successfully launch a great future after school. Those are the essential steps; Empower students to navigate so they can successfully launch! These steps apply at any age, Elementary-College.
Look, struggling students are often misunderstood, usually as a result of deep systemic dysfunction (in other words, schools may look great on the surface, but can be way off course behind the scenes). Many of these kids are seen as lazy, unmotivated or uncaring, which couldn’t be further from the truth. These kids are expected to conform to an outdated system rather than the system conforming to the legitimate needs of divergent learners.
This stuff drives me crazy, because it causes a ton of unnecessary suffering, for far too many students, and this can literally knock them off course in life, (which can take people decades to recover from.) Education is not a game.
“Life ain’t a dress rehearsal.” We need to do right by our kids, and in this day & age, it can be hard to even know what that means. But my blog is meant to help you cut through the noise & get results that matter. It’s all about a little-known, yet absolutely critical concept called Executive Function.
I specialize in neurodiverse learning needs like ADHD, twice-exceptional, 2E, stress, avoidance, anxiety, gifted & talented, dyslexia, Aspergers, autism, ASD, sensory integration, etc.. I generally work with kids in middle school through college. Be sure to subscribe and I’ll start sending you the answers you need.
“Sarah absolutely aced this day! I am sitting back in wonderment! She attributes her success to you! Normally, she’d be crying, frustrated, overwhelmed, and angry. Instead, she was quite calm! She took that in stride, I was so impressed with her! I said, “How does it feel?” She said, “Norma!!” Go Sara! I said, “Wow! So much executive skill went into making this day work! What do you think enabled you to be so successful and on top of things?!” She said, “Seth!” Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m so thrilled for her (and for me) to see her starting to take charge and function more age appropriately in her life.” — Karin A., New Jersey
I have extensive experience working with extraordinarily diverse learners and I specialize in helping complex, struggling students turn it around in school. I was a teacher for 12 years (several grades and subjects), have a B.A. in Education, an M.Ed. in Gifted Education, have worked with teens with substance issues for over 15 years, taught on the Navajo reservation, and much more. Most recently I have been an education coach, consultant and advocate for 7 years.
After all this experience working with all types of struggling students, it became clear that they ALL had one thing in common- problems with “executive function” (don’t worry, I’ll teach you all about it). Once I figured this out, all the pieces began to come together and the way I helped kids skyrocketed.
Because of these experiences, and because I’ve had to overcome these learning challenges myself, I’m committed to empowering your kids to navigate their education successfully so they can craft an awesome future.
This blog is shared by a tribe of thousands of concerned parents and teachers who aren’t willing to sit back and watch school dysfunction shortchange kids. They’re everyday people who work hard to advocate in a baffling system, so our kids can get what they need — an education which teaches them how to harnesses their unique gifts, so they can craft extraordinary lives.
I share actionable solutions designed to help these kids turn it around, navigate the system, and get everything they can out of education. I pour my heart and soul into this blog and it’s 100% free. I hope you join us, share it with others who would benefit, and most importantly, I hope you apply what you learn.
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