12 days 18-19

Last words…

On the 12 day of Christmas... Yes, this is the last of these posts, but no, of course it won't be the last time I mention executive function. To close the 12 Days of Christmas series of EF related posts, it seemed sensible to share again some of the texts that I have consulted when… Continue reading Last words…

12 days 18-19

Show me the way

On the eleventh day of Christmas... Anyone who has visited a mainstream primary or even secondary school classroom cannot have failed to notice the plethora of displays decorating the walls. Sometimes these expand to cover doors, windows and may even be suspended from the ceiling or pegged out overhead, washing-line style. Often these consist primarily of presentations… Continue reading Show me the way

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

EF, reading and writing

On the tenth day of Christmas... It may be obvious, but, for best results, start at the beginning! Even children whose executive function (EF) develops typically do not begin to visualise and verbalise until they are at least pre-school age. Whether at home, in whole class, small group or 1:1 situations, the earliest activities and… Continue reading EF, reading and writing

12 days 18-19

EF and learning

On the ninth day of Christmas... Executive function (EF) difficulties commonly co-occur with other learning differences and specific learning difficulties, and they can pose life-long challenges. It’s important for those affected, their families, educators and employers to understand how EF impacts everyday functioning and what can be done to support this. For more on EF difficulties see EF… Continue reading EF and learning

12 days 18-19

A new start

On the eighth day of Christmas and the first day of 2019... I'm asking you again to join me on an EF crusade... If we can each tell two people and get them to adapt their practice, and each of them finds how transformational it can be, imagine how many children's and young people's learning… Continue reading A new start

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A new year’s resolution

On the seventh day of Christmas and the last day of 2018, I'm asking readers to join me on an EF crusade... If we can each tell two people and get them to adapt their practice, and each of them finds how transformational it can be, imagine how many children's and young people's learning experience… Continue reading A new year’s resolution

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Executive function at home

On the sixth day of Christmas... Executive functions (Explained in more detail here: EF – an introduction) develop from early childhood and are seen as key predictors of academic outcome and life chances in the modern world. I discussed how EF difficulties might present or be supported in the classroom in EF and Learning –… Continue reading Executive function at home

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A driving question

On the fifth day of Christmas... So what on earth do we mean when we talk about executive function difficulties? Here's a super-quick test you can try for yourself, and an analogy I often share with students, parents and teachers: Take two post-its and a pen. Put your pen on the first note as if… Continue reading A driving question

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Simple steps to classroom inclusion

On the fourth day of Christmas... Today's infographic was designed for teachers, but the techniques are equally applicable to all learning situations. For more detail on EF difficulties in the classroom , read this. You can download a PDF of this and other infographics here. More posts related to executive function can be found here.… Continue reading Simple steps to classroom inclusion

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

It’s a numbers thing

On the third day of Christmas... Today's infographic was designed for teachers, but the techniques are equally applicable to learning situations at home and in the wider environment. For more detail on how EF difficulties can impact mathematical skills development, read this. For more math infographics and links to printable versions, click here. .

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

Thinking outside the Box(ing Day)

On the second day of Christmas... This diagram shows how delayed or impaired executive function (EF) can impact development and learning. Affected children and young people may be called 'immature', 'lazy', 'naughty' and 'inconsistent' to name a just a few. Our job as adults - parents or educators - is to stand in for EF.… Continue reading Thinking outside the Box(ing Day)

12 days 18-19 · Special Education

A partridge in a pear tree…

Happy holidays to one and all. For the 12 festive days of 2018-19, I'll be sharing tips that are close to my heart - all related either to supporting children's developing executive function, or providing a helping hand through routines and prompts. For today, enjoy this traditional ditty - its memory and sequencing demands can… Continue reading A partridge in a pear tree…