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EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

The cognitive processes and mental skills needed to plan, organize, remember instructions, and manage tasks are referred to as executive functions.  These skills include:

 

Self-awareness

Inhibition

Non-verbal working memory

Verbal working memory

Emotional regulation

Motivational regulation

Planning and Problem-solving

As one might expect, these skills are strong indicators of academic success.  Additionally, some studies suggest that executive functions are a better predictor of success than IQ.  Though children are not born with these skills, they do have the potential to develop and strengthen their executive functions.

SIGNS OF WEAK EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

Do you notice your child struggling with starting or finishing projects?  Do they seem to frequently lose important items or have difficulty making decisions?  These may be signs of weak executive functions.

 

There are also other signs of weak executive functions that are not as obvious, such as acting impulsively or sometimes appearing overly emotional.  Often, children with poor executive functions are misdiagnosed as having ADHD, due to the inability to control their impulses.

Peer interaction 

Observance and mindfulness

Will power and self-control

Encouragement and friendliness

Rapport and and empathy

Understanding social cues

Politeness and appropriateness

 

Within these groups, kids are taught to use and understand appropriate body language and facial expressions, initiate and respond to interactions such as play and conversations, take turns, problem solving, and negotiations.  The groups are interactive and fun, and teach kids to handle situations they encounter at home, at school, and during extracurricular activities.  

 

Session 1: July 13 - 17 • Monday - Friday • 9:30AM - 11:30AM • Athens, AL • $275

For those not wanting a regular, weekly group experience for their child, we have ongoing social skills groups in Huntsville.  These groups use the same techniques as our camps to teach social skills, and meet for one hour per week on Monday afternoons.  We currently have space to add more participants and more groups.

Give us a call at 866-849-4608 or email info@effectiveslp.com for more information on the POWER UP Camp or ongoing groups.   Also, you can register for a camp session below and we will be in contact with you soon.

*Please note we would like to screen each camper for both Athens and Huntsville camps to ensure they are placed in the age/skill-appropriate session.

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  • Control emotions  

  • Improve memory

  • Stick to tasks

  • Reduce impulses

  • Get organized

We will help your child develop and strengthen a growth mindset, and experience the resulting lifelong benefits.

INTENSIVE READING THERAPY

Does your child:

  • Misunderstand what you say?

  • Have difficulty comprehending or retelling a story?

  • Give slow or delayed responses?

  • Mispronounce typical word sounds?

  • Have difficulty reading or learning to read?

If you answered yes to one or a few of these questions, your child may not be processing the sounds of language well or may not link sounds to certain letters.  This can lead to reading and/or academic struggles.  Language and reading mastery are among the most difficult challenges a child faces.  Would you like to boost your child's reading level this summer?  Our Intensive Reading Therapy is designed to develop and bolster:

  • Listening skills

  • Phonemic awareness

  • Comprehension

  • Fluency

Our goal is to generate speed, accuracy and a love of reading!