Katrina Mallon

Relationship driven parenting consultant

Focus, Organization, Initiation issues

Does your child have:

If you answered yes to several of the questions above your son or daughter may have an Executive Functioning disorder. According to Understood.org  Executive Functioning is a set of mental skills that help you get things done. The ability to recall the steps needed and in what order, to get the job done.  These skills are controlled by the frontal lobe of your brain. Executive function helps you manage time, pay attention, get things started, switch focus, plan, organize, remember details, avoid doing or saying the wrong things, do things based on your experience and multi task. Now that we know what it is, let’s look at some ways to help your child recall and organize the information correctly.

Chore chart

Make sure you put the chores in order that the child will do them each morning to get ready for school, after school, and before bed. You can make your own or buy them at the dollar store, or go all out and buy a Melissa and Doug chore chart.
Before School After school Before Bed
  • Go to the bathroom
  • Make and eat breakfast
  • Brush teeth
  • Comb hair
  • Get dressed
  • Make bed
  • Pack lunch
  • Pack books and items for school in bag
  • Screen time until time to go
  • Unload back pack
  • Snack
  • 15 free time
  • Home work
  • Any chores they might have
  • free time until dinner
  • Pajama’s
  • Snack
  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Guided meditation app 10 minutes
  • Go to bed

Color Code Everything

I mean everything from their tooth brush, electrical cords and water bottles to their underwear.  The most important thing about color coding is it has to stay consistent to help.

At Home

 At School

Check out my post  where I look at some tips to help build executive functioning skills by working on short term memory boosters.