Tip of the Week

August 16, 2021

For better results and less frustration

For students who have difficulty following multi-step directions, a list of directions may sound like a complete blur and jumble of words. “Please put on your sneakers, get your lunch off the kitchen counter, make sure you have your water bottle and homework, and meet me in the front hall with your jacket.” That’s a lot to remember! Here are two ways to practice strengthening this executive function skill:

  1. Give your child one direction at a time. Once your child is successful and gains confidence by accomplishing the first direction consistently, add a second step and then a third. 
  2. Ask your child to repeat the direction(s) back to you to ensure they’ve heard it and understand the task. 

If you meet your child where they are, you’ll get better results and less frustration on both sides.