Executive Functions for Kids And Parents

As parents of neurodiverse children, it’s our responsibility to understand what reasonable expectations might be for our children. Children with asynchronous development may need a little extra patience and guidance.

When we have a deeper understanding of the challenges they face on a moment-to-moment basis, this helps us show our kids more compassion and empathy, rather than becoming frustrated when we feel they aren’t “listening” to us.

I’ve broken down the executive functions into five key categories, and explained them in a relatable way, so that parents can help their children understand their own neurology a bit better.

Perhaps more importantly, I write from the child’s perspective, to help parents better understand and empathize with their children’s experiences.

If you feel yourself becoming frustrated with your child, ask yourself if the demands or expectations you’re placing upon them are developmentally appropriate. Not for “kids their age”, but for your child, for who they are in that moment.

Read my article in Neurodiversified.


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Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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