Academic

Executive Function

Executive Function and self-regulation refers to a set of mental processes that enable us to plan, focus our attention, remember instruction, and juggle multiple tasks. When our Executive Functions are working well, we filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set, and achieve goals, and control our impulses. When those mental processes are weak then we are easily overwhelmed, have competing priorities, and get stuck.

Motivation

Motivation is a byproduct of being valued. Most people agree that they would grow tired of being in a place where they could never be successful. Sometimes mild learning differences go undiagnosed or underserved to a point that students feel like they can never be good enough. Hope comes through understanding who we are and how to overcome difficulties.

Social

When children are shy or uninvolved with peers, there is a reason. Slow processors, late bloomers, and inefficient language keep young people from connecting with others in a meaningful way. Social conversations and a feeling of being part of a group support positive brain chemistry and keep stress responses in check. Without meaningful conversations, we are more prone to flight, flight, freeze, or appease when we feel threatened.

Processing Skills

Processing skills are important for almost all learning activities, especially listening, reading, writing, math and social functioning. People with poor processing speeds are slower and less fluent than same-aged peers when starting and finishing tasks in class, learning patterns or routines, doing timed tests, scanning information, copying information from the board, and more.

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