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Free Checklist: Common Executive Function Challenges — and Solutions

Share the accommodations listed in this free checklist with your child’s teacher to better address the executive functions challenges that impact learning, retention, and organization skills.

Your child daydreams regularly in class. She forgets to bring home the materials and books she needs to do her homework. She has difficulty remembering all the steps required to solve a multi-step math or word problem. She takes longer than most kids to memorize multiplication tables and facts. These are all academic challenges that students with weak executive functions may exhibit in the classroom.

What can parents do to help?

Print out this free checklist of executive function challenges. Then, check off the accommodations that have been effective (or you think may be effective). Before school starts, talk them over with your child’s teacher. The concrete solutions to common executive challenges that you find here will help make the academic year smoother for everyone.



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  1. I’m not fond of any of the suggestions that include using another student as a resource. I was that other student as a child and strongly resented the teacher for using me to do their job. As a result I found it more difficult to make friends because all the kids called me teachers pet. It left me somewhere between teacher and student and that’s not a fair place for a kid to be. I encourage you to rethink this advice and consider the impact it has on the kids used as helpers. I will never suggest that my ADHD daughter use another student as an accommodation.

    1. That happened to my daughter too. Maybe some kids enjoy helping the teacher engage other students, but I know my daughter resented it. Also the kids were not nice to her and even other teachers would get upset if my daughter would fail to help the other student.
      Now she doesn’t help anyone at all. She focuses on her projects and stays away from others. Definitely scarred her.

  2. I’m not fond of any of the suggestions that include using another student as a resource. I was that other student as a child and strongly resented the teacher for using me to do their job. As a result I found it more difficult to make friends because all the kids called me teachers pet. It left me somewhere between teacher and student and that’s not a fair place for a kid to be. I encourage you to rethink this advice and consider the impact it has on the kids used as helpers. I will never suggest that my ADHD daughter use another student as an accommodation.

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