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Mar 19, 2020

Topic - Problems in kindergarten predict academic difficulties

Does your kindergartner struggle with planning, problem solving and controlling their impulses?  If so, they’re at risk for serious academic difficulties during elementary school. As a group, these are called “executive functioning” skills and also include starting and finishing tasks, moving from one activity to another, using memory skills, having adequate working speed, maintaining emotional stability and paying attention consistently.  Regardless of a student’s intelligence, having executive functioning deficits does not allow them to “show what they know”. They struggle to keep up with the classroom pace and have problems with production such as turning in work or doing well on tests. Kindergarten students can be tested to determine their profile of strengths and weaknesses, so have a diagnostic assessment done and get started on interventions.