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April 17, 2015

Executive Functioning Summer Groups


Make time for some learning this summer!

Our Educational Specialists are offering intensive summer groups for kids with executive functioing difficulities, ased on specific grade levels.  Programs are based on rising grade levels in Fall 2015. 

Kids can benefit from just one program or a series of programs over time. 

Individual one-on-one educational intensives are also available.


Executive functioning is a term you might have heard in connection with attention and learning related challenges. It is a broad construct that encompasses many different aspects of cognition and behavior. Broadly speaking, the term refers to a collection of higher-level cognitive abilities that allow us to execute a task. There are executive skills that involve thinking, such as holding incoming information in mind, planning, prioritizing, organizing, and time management. There are also executive functions that involve behavior or doing, such as stopping oneself from responding automatically, controlling an emotional response, starting a task, sticking with a task, and flexibly switching from one task or idea to another. Most individuals have a wide range of executive skill strengths and weaknesses and knowing a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses can often be helpful in figuring out where support is needed. It is also often helpful to consider your own executive functioning, to see if there is room for improvement on that end, as well. Research suggests that disorders in executive functioning can run in families.

There are a variety of red flags that could indicate that your child is struggling with executive functioning and could benefit from support. Executive functions are related to what teachers commonly refer to as ‚Äòstudy skills.’ Parents of children with executive dysfunction often express concern that their child does not know how to study. They can learn the material; they just do not know how to learn the material on their own. They can do the assignment, they just cannot remember to bring it to school or hand it to the teacher. Long term projects are often very challenging for children with executive dysfunction because of the planning, prioritizing, and organization required for these projects. Kids with executive dysfunction are often said to have “no sense of time.” Written expression is often particularly challenging for these children because writing demands a high level of organization, sequencing, planning, and perseverance. Parents also observe that multi-tasking is nearly impossible, as children with weaknesses in this area often are easily distractible and have difficulty managing several things in mind at one time. They may have difficulty following routines or following multi-step commands. Some children have trouble getting started on tasks independently and seem to get “stuck” during times of transition. It is often helpful for parents to watch their children’s emotional and behavioral reactions to certain tasks. The child may be more apt to avoid a task that challenges them. Think about the task demands and consider whether your child has the capacity to do it. Note that even if the child can do the task sometimes, this does not imply that it is laziness or defiance. Inconsistency and variability of performance is often an indicator of executive dysfunction. If they were previously successful, try to pinpoint why. Evaluate your child’s self-efficacy, their beliefs about their own likelihood of success and mastery. 


Executive Functioning Skills (Elementary): August 3rd – 6th

Grades 3-5:               9:00‚Äì10:00

  • Using research based practices, students will engage in interactive and fun activities that teach and promote age appropriate executive functioning skills.  By creating an awareness of executive skills across various settings and providing opportunities to practice those skills.  Students will learn strategies to support life-long learning.

Executive Functioning Skills (Middle School/High School): August 10th – 13th

Grades 6-8:               9:00‚Äì10:00

Grades 9-12:             1:00‚Äì2:00

  • Students will be supported and encouraged as they learn strategies for strengthening their executive functioning skills.  Using research based practices and interactive lessons, middle and high school students will reflect on their personal learning styles and learn to apply various strategies in a meaningful way. 


All group programs include 4 sessions in 1 week, Monday-Thursday.  A minimum of 3 participants will be assigned to each group.

Students may benefit from participating in multiple programs over the summer.  Additional groups may be scheduled based on interest and availability. 

Individual one-on-one educational intensives are also available.


Group program fees of $200.00 are due at the time of registration.  


Jessica DeLing, M.Ed., Educational Specialist

jdeling@childandfamilydevelopment.com704-332-4834  ext.123


Mary ‚ÄúMo‚Äù Froneberger, MAT, Educational Specialist 

mfroneberger@childandfamilydevelopment.com704-541-9080  ext. 219


Marie Pacini, MAT, NBCT, Educational Specialist; 704-541-9080 ext. 218