Executive Function with Peg Dawson - Smart but Scattered - February 25, 2019
Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand in homework. They may rush through their work or they may dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don't know where to begin on long-term assignments and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as "black holes." Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.