Executive Function Treatment
How we improve the internal dialogue & learning efficiency related to executive functioning
Executive function disorder is a difficulty in high-level thinking — organizing and sequencing tasks, multi-tasking, managing time, planning, problem solving. These are skills that are learned over time.
Our executive function treatment builds learning efficiency, creating a foundation for the development of self talk, which regulates behavior and executive function.
In particular, for children with processing and working memory difficulties, the development of executive functioning is delayed, as concentration is diverted by basic tasks such as listening comprehension and reading decoding. As long as these tasks are not automatic, the overloaded mind is not fully free to practice and master executive functioning skills.
Does Your Child Have An Executive Function Disorder?
Children and teens who have executive function disorder frequently struggle with:
- planning a project
- telling or writing a story
- memorizing and retrieving information
- generating ideas
- retaining information while using it to complete a task
Many bright children are able to meet expectations early on using inefficient and compromised learning skills. It is when these inefficiencies impede development of higher level thinking that “executive function” and other diagnoses start to emerge.
Software For Executive Function Disorder
Our brain training software, Fast ForWord, is used to help executive function deficits because it:
1. Builds learning efficiency to free up capacity for higher level executive function, and
2. Exercises specific executive functioning skills, targeting working memory, selective attention, sequencing and reasoning.
Executive functioning is a practiced higher level skill. It will only start developing once fundamental learning efficiencies are mastered. Our software automates a range of functions, like listening and paying attention, that distract many children and require conscious effort and concentration. By removing these distractions from a child’s conscious mind, our program frees up space to observe and think — this leads to improved executive functioning.
Our executive function treatment adds to these gains by also exercising the specific cognitive skills — particularly working memory — that define executive function skills.
Find Out If Gemm Learning’s Executive Function Treatment Can Help
To find out if our online cognitive software programs can help your child, call one of our specialists for a free consult.