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Training Executive Functioning

You can’t beat CMS and MSS training for success in school!

The core of how ADHD affects the pre-frontal cortex involves executive functioning; it creates deficits in both sequencing and working memory. Working memory involves keeping information in order, keeping information organized, planning, and pulling information out of the thinking brain in the right order.

Working memory is essential to success in higher education. SOI trains MSS visual and auditory to strengthen working memory. Since we know that executive functioning develops slowly – starting at 9 months old and continuing into the 40’s – we can train sequencing and memory for decades!

Executive functioning can theoretically be construed as consisting of three categories:

  1. Hill – You must have a learning goal.
  2. Skill – You must have the ability.
  3. Will – You need to want to improve and be motivated to learn.

History indicates that SOI has been effective in all three areas!

When a student is dysexecutively unable to operate on curriculum or apply their learning or skills, we know we minimally need to train working memory and CMS. Mary Meeker always taught me to train memory FIRST because memory underlies success in the curriculum more than any other ability.

Training CMS and sequencing next creates even better executive functioning abilities. Memory training with computer modules is easy and effective. I have worked with Jody Brooks and Lauren Tiniakos at SOI headquarters in producing basic and advanced training CDs for both memory and sequencing. Ask them about purchasing these executive functioning-specific CDs.

Jamie Katz, M.M.F.T., does the SOI training in my office at the ADD-SOI Diagnosis and Treatment Center. In working with ADHD kids, Jamie has found, as I have for 35 years, that training verbal sequential thinking (CMS), especially using the higher level modules, pays off the most in higher grades!

“I love these modules because it’s like we go on a scavenger hunt together.”

“The kids love it and I have fun training CMS!”

Even the parents love doing the training with their children!  It’s always best when learning abilities training is fun and accessible to parents as well as their children!

written by: Valerie Maxwell, Ph.D., Psychologist

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