Wow. I had a great time running this class with these five guys. I learned so much about my approach to EF and its impact on social thanks to their feedback and experiences. We learned about the major categorizes associated with EF including:
Planning and Organization
The guys took a quiz on Monday and I am proud to report that everyone received an 80% or better. I think they actually enjoyed the quiz as we used an on line response system so it tapped into their love of technology.
However, even though I think the guys did learn more about the terms and tools to use for each of the areas of EF, having them apply tools and strategies in real life continues to be something we will be working on. This was made apparent today during our Minecraft time and our Ice cream party. Daily living skills are all about how we use our EF.......I need to make a plea to parents, teachers, other counselors, that we are allowing kids to do things for themselves and at least attempt to use / practice those EF competencies. If they are not given a chance to practice, receive feedback, learn from mistakes and feel good about themselves when they are successful, their EF skills will NOT improve.
This is a journey I will continue to take with everyone and I am other clinicians here are already thinking about other ways to both teach and practice EF competencies.
I thank you all for being a part of this group. I hope you had a good time and I hope you all have a great start to the school year.