Executive Functioning Disorder in Teens: How to Help

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Executive functioning disorder in teens can bring about new challenges in the adolescent years. This is a time in their life in which they experience many developmental changes and hormones. This can make parenting challenging. It can often feel like a power struggle between you and your teen. As a parent the most important thing you can do is remain calm and approach the challenges with a positive attitude.

Eight Ways to Help with Executive Functioning Issues in teens

Here are 8 methods you can practice to best support your teen with executive functioning disorder:

    1. Start the conversation. The tone you use will influence the tone your teen chooses to use. When you communicate, focus on the issues at hand and the emotional challenges that come with coping with these issues. Do not approach the situation with a “here is what you have done wrong” attitude. If your teen feels attacked, they will not be likely to communicate with you to resolve the problem.
    2. Be selective. Choose your battles carefully. There are times in which engaging in a dispute with your teen is pointless. This doesn’t suggest you are letting them have power over you. Instead, you are modeling the act of walking away sometimes which is an important skill for them to learn.
    3. Let them learn the natural way. It can be hard to watch your teen suffer natural consequences. For example- they get in trouble at school and are not allowed to attend the school dance. As a parent, you want to intervene and save the day. However, natural consequences serve as important learning moments in your teens’ life. This instills the concept of cause and effect in them and will help them be more conscious decision-makers.
    4. Give privileges. When your teen achieves certain goals or tasks, allow them privileges. Be mindful that rewards for easy, one-step tasks are not necessary. For example, if your teen completes their chores for the entire week, they may get the privilege to stay up later than normal. This will help to motivate them and teach them discipline.
    5. Make a group effort. Involve others in the effort to help your child improve the areas they struggle in. Communicate with their teachers, family members, and coaches. Create a mutual understanding of your teen’s struggles and the plans to hold them accountable for their behaviors. It is okay to lean on others for support.



New Focus Academy can help

New Focus Academy is a residential treatment center for boys ages 12-18 who struggle with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders. The mission of the program is to use positive reinforcement to increase the student’s self-esteem and independence. The skills they learn at New Focus will help them learn to have positive social interaction, organization, and a clear sense of judgement. Students are given the opportunity to gain the confidence they need to foster and maintain healthy relationships and lifestyle habits. We can help your family today!

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