Listening well is as essential to conversation as talking well.
Movie theaters around the country are now welcoming Asperger’s and autistic customers. Traditionally movie theaters can be over-stimulating and confining for people with Asperger’s and autism. These Asperger’s and autism inviting movie theaters schedule monthly sensory-friendly movie showings. During these showings the lights stay on and the sound stays low.
A great pleasure in life is having your student do what others including the know-it-all “experts” say your student cannot do.
Students with Asperger’s or autism commonly experience anxiety. They can be overwhelmed by the world around them. Many have sensory problems in which they feel, hear, and see more sharply. For example a doorbell might sound like a cannon and a clothing label may feel like a porcupine. This can easily lead to stress.
Slowing down, limiting stimuli, and training to better handle sensory stimulation can make a big difference for people with these challenges research suggests. In future Y3K Tutor In Your Home Blog posts, we will offer advice on how to limit stimuli at home by creating a calming environment and how to better deal with situations traditionally over-stimulating such as at a theater. If you have suggestions of what did or did not work for your child, please share with us so that we may post to help thousands of parent readers.
D. H. from Weston, MA asks, “What is executive function?”
This is a common question that we get asked a lot. As a child’s brain matures, they are able to perform higher level tasks. These high level tasks are referred to as executive function. Think of executive function as the role of a Chief Executive Officer in a company. She or he must analyze what the company needs to have done, develop a plan, identify the order these tasks must be done, make mid-course corrections as needed, and complete the job by the deadline. Someone with executive function problems may have difficulty doing any of the following:
Analyze a task
Plan how to address the task
Organize the steps needed to carry out the task
Develop timelines for completing the task
Adjust or shift these plans as needed
Compete the task in a timely way
Executive function issues in school can be devastating. If your child starts long term assignments at the last minute, loses papers, has loose papers everywhere, forgets to do homework, forgets to hand in completed homework, has difficulty with math word problems, has trouble starting and organizing English writing assignments, or studies for tests at the last minute then there may be executive function issues.
Y3K Tutor In Your Home helps many students with executive function learn how to become successful and attain high grades. Contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Executive Function is the part of the brain that sets goals, plans, organizes, pays attention, and retrieves memorized information. This part develops most during the elementary school years and does not reach full maturity until around age 21.
A common stereotype in math is that “a child that solves a math problem faster is smarter than a child takes longer to solve the same problem”. This is not necessarily true. Some people may take longer to process and think through a problem to get the right answer. If intelligence were to be measured by mathematical understanding, then speed would not be a consideration.
Children with executive function problems can appear to be lazy or behavioral. In reality their brains have trouble processing information.