Here I respond to an email I received from a parent: “I have been a fan of your stuff but most of it is for older kids. I’m an adult with at least ADHD I have a son on the Spectrum and also has ADHD. I’m also a special education teacher for kindergarten age students. I think executive functions are a challenge to teach to younger children because there aren’t a ton of resources directed for small children. I wanted to write and ask you if you knew are there any resources are programs for teaching small children about executive functions and ways that they can support and help themselves. I’m looking for a way to directly teach small children about executive functions and how they can help themselves.”
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Love to hear these tips for younger kids- thank you Seth for answering this parent question. Another idea that I have used at home which sometimes works for my kids is to have their things neatly organized and within their reach. So when it’s time to go outside, for instance, they can access their own hat, mitts, coat etc. we talk about what the weather is and then I let them think about what clothing they need and pack their own bag.
I’m just coming across EFD and am now aware that this describes my husband (54 years old) to a T. He also struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. Is EFD a learned or “unlearned” behavior or is it something a child is born with? After some research, it seems people who suffer from it lacked parental guidance and attention that would have normally taught them these skills. Am I correct in my thoughts here? My husband and his siblings all struggle with this and all were left to their own devices as children without much guidance in their education, social skills, etc. I am curious as I learn more.