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Sometimes students with executive function issues respond well to visual cues. Use images rather than words. Pictures and colors work great.
Executive function students can benefit when you say things more than once if needed. Be sure to simplify and slow down if there are processing issues.
Executive function students can be overwhelmed with multi-step directions. Be specific with directions and in as few words as possible.
Make “To Do” lists. Students with executive function can use these lists to stay on task by focusing on what they have remaining to do and what has already been completed.
Maintaining schedules usually helps students with executive functioning issues. These include separate daily schedules, weekly schedules and monthly schedules.
Autism spectrum disorder kids need to interact with people as often as possible. They need to have their minds stimulated.
Many girls are overlooked for ADHD diagnosis and treatment. The reason is that even though they may struggle in school, they have good relationships with their peers and teachers like them. Many adult women are diagnosed only when they take their children to be evaluated and realize they may be suffering from ADHD too.
Many young girls and women have a subtype called predominantly inattentive ADHD. They may seem flighty or spacy but are not hyperactive. This might not raise a red flag with teachers or parents. As a result, girls often go without treatment until they reach adulthood. The use of ADHD medication among women ages 26 to 34 has risen 85% in just 5 years!
Tomorrow we will look at why girls are frequently overlooked for treatment.