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A Solution for Students with Executive Function Challenges

A Solution for Students with Executive Function Challenges

Students who struggle with getting started on projects, keeping organized, or completing tasks like homework may have challenges with what are called “Executive Functions.” Executive Functions are an important set of skills that allow people to plan, organize and complete tasks. Children who have challenges with Executive Functions often struggle in traditional school.

Students who struggle with Executive Functions can:

  • Have difficulty organizing thoughts to make a case, particularly under pressure
  • Struggle to make a plan to get something done and/or don’t know where to start
  • Have challenges gauging how much time it takes to get something done
  • Find it overwhelming to get a project started, trouble breaking a task into smaller steps
  • Struggle with emotional control; can overreact and have trouble accepting constructive criticism
  • Have trouble keeping track of progress and evaluating whether they are doing well or poorly

  • For a guide on symptoms of executive function issues in children of different ages, click here.

    While some students who struggle with executive function issues require personalized counseling and support outside of school, any student who deals with these types of challenges can benefit from a school that offers tailored, personalized education.

    One such school is Halstrom Academy, which provides customized schooling through 1:1 instruction for grades 6-12. With just one teacher and one student in a classroom, students are able to learn at their own pace to help them overcome challenges and be successful in school.

    At Halstrom, students and teachers develop a healthy rapport and hold one another accountable for student success. Teachers come to really understand where students shine and where they struggle, and are able to personalize instruction to each student’s learning style. Students feel safe asking questions and letting their teachers know when they are not connecting to material so they can get the additional support they need.

    If you have questions about how Halstrom Academy can help students with executive function challenges, please click here.