Many bright and quirky kids struggle with completing tasks. What if we could tap into a specific strategy to help a child get from point A to point B, and achieve a goal with greater ease? Learn from executive function expert Sarah Ward, MS, CCC-SLP as she busts the myth of the 'lazy' child and explains what will help.


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  1. Diane DeSloover on August 19, 2020 at 8:51 am

    This short discussion of the difficulties 2e kids face with executive function and following through to completion helped me understand why breaking a task into smaller parts is always so helpful for my autistic granddaughter. The concept of situational intelligence is new to me and I can recognize how challenged she is in this area. Her brain is always going a mile a minute down her own pathway which is often miles from where we are in her homeschool lesson. I like the idea of helping her visualize the future. In addition to breaking down a task into smaller parts, we can talk about what each step will look like and what the ultimate result will look like. Perhaps giving a voice to the executive part of her brain that needs mentoring will help her learn how to help herself down the road. Thank you for the information and inspiration!

  2. Jane Dinsmore on August 19, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Excellent presentation. It clarified even more how to help my tutoring students!!

  3. Debra on August 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    I do break things down for my 2E kids. I have made checklists, drawn flowcharts, etc. and then we go over them to make sure they understand what’s expected, if they feel is it manageable, and when they expect to be finished. But as soon as I leave, they get distracted. I’d like to know how to help my kids become more autonomous without me constantly checking in and reminding them to stay on task. Neither of us likes it. They feel nagged and I’m exhausted. Thanks!

    • BQ Admin on September 12, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Debra, Try doing it ‘with’ the kids, rather than ‘for’ the kids to build buy in. Experiment with different formats to find what they can successfully adopt as their own tool.

  4. Marjorie winterfield on August 19, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    I have a similar experience. I already know to be specific and clear etc. But there is still delay/impulsivity. I liked listening to this but didnt find it helpful.

  5. Angela on August 19, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I successfully use chunking for my own children and my students due to executive functioning lags. Interestingly, the idea that they need a mental image of the goal, is usually only on my mind in the classroom situation. I am going to incorporate that into my parenting now too. Thank you!

  6. Tanya on August 20, 2020 at 7:22 am

    This was so helpful – thank you for discussing clear and practical tips for addressing SQ variations. This was excellent!

  7. Abbi Ellenwood on August 20, 2020 at 10:17 am

    I found this very helpful for my son who very much struggles to initiate and lacks situational intelligence. You mentioned developmental norms for EF skills, I was wondering if those were available to access somewhere? I am a school psychologist in elementary and middle school situations, and I think these norms would be very helpful in both my work and home settings!

  8. Alice Bird on August 20, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I found this helpful, especially the concept of helping kids visualize the goals & steps you’re trying to communicate. Funnily enough, the more I learn about 2e kids the more I recognize in myself (can’t get started bc you have a million ideas, for example!)

  9. Sarah Reid on August 22, 2020 at 5:17 am

    A really helpful vlog. I have been meaning to use more visual imagery to help my 17 year old 2e ADHD son plan and organise himself and this vlog reinforces the need to do that. My son is very loquacious and we end up in lots of debates and arguments – he can reason his delays and procrastinations like the best of them! But stuff just doesn’t get done whether its his work or brushing his teeth. I think the vlog really hones in on why that’s the case. Thank you!

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