A central goal of parenting is to raise children that can live independent, successful lives. In order to foster independence, it is important for parents to provide supportive environments that allow children to have opportunities to learn and grow through new experiences.
Parents can support the development of independence by allowing their little ones to complete tasks by themselves, but at some point, children with executive function deficits may not complete independent tasks as quickly or efficiently as parents and teachers think they should. Or these children may not complete independent tasks at all, requiring, instead, adult assistance to complete tasks. So how can we foster independence in children with executive function deficits?
Developing independence in children with executive function deficits can be a frustrating task that takes longer to develop, with more adult assistance, than you think it should, but fostering this independence will lead to children having greater self-efficacy, or the belief they have the ability to complete difficult tasks.
Blogger Stephanie Dunne, Ed.S., is the Center Director at Springer School and Center. Prior to coming to Springer, Stephanie practiced as a school psychologist in public and private schools for ten years. If you have questions, please contact Director of Learning Programs Carmen Mendoza at .