Reply To: Teen in High School

Penny Williams

He wants to succeed, but his brain just doesn’t work the same as for neurotypical people. He isn’t “choosing” not to write down assignments. It is so much more than a short and easy process when you have executive functioning deficits. Natural consequences and punishments won’t help — they don’t change the physiology of the brain.

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Would life be easier if he could just write down assignments and get them turned in. ABSOLUTELY! (Believe me, I know all too well — my son’s executive functioning is almost non-existent!) But it’s just not realistic on his own or by punishing, because it’s his brain.

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