Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility

Helping our children see shades of grey and improve cognitive adaptability When our kids jump to conclusions, or are engaging in rigid thinking, it’s our natural instinct to try and explain away what we perceive as inaccurate reasoning. We often try to logic people out of their feelings, and I have certainly been guilty ofContinue reading “Teaching Kids Mental Flexibility”

Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges

How parents, partners, and loved ones can support people with executive functioning difficulties Executive functions Neurodivergent folks struggle with executive functions (EF). There are roughly five categories of EFs, and each person will struggle in different areas. In this article, I will provide concrete examples of how each EF might look at home, as wellContinue reading “Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning Challenges”

Executive Functions in the Classroom

How teachers and school staff can support students with executive functioning difficulties In my personal and professional experience, when we inform a teacher that a student in their class has ADHD, a learning disability — or any divergent neurotype — they often nod as though they understand and don’t ask specific questions about that student.Continue reading “Executive Functions in the Classroom”

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,Continue reading “Executive Functions for Kids And Parents”

Hyperfocus Like A Boss

Executive dysfunction done right Being neurodivergent comes with quite a few challenges, and I’ve written extensively about many of them. However, a few of my stories have touched on some of the aspects of being neurodivergent I find to be positive, one of which is hyperfocus. I have compiled a series of three of my storiesContinue reading “Hyperfocus Like A Boss”

Defining ADHD Paralysis

It’s totally a thing, but not actually a thing… I used to think that I was supposed to complete tasks in a certain way, like the way neurotypicals do, I guess. Don’t try to force yourself to be neurotypical if you’re not. Find adaptations for the differences that cause you grief — while embracing theContinue reading “Defining ADHD Paralysis”

How Executive Dysfunction Impacts Daily Life

Executive Functions explained in an understandable and accessible way …and how they relate to ADHD, Autism, and other divergent brains. Executive functions enable us to plan for the future, focus our attention, remember instructions or information, and regulate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.  While there is no single, accepted definition of executive functions (EFs), mostContinue reading “How Executive Dysfunction Impacts Daily Life”