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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Collaborating with Teachers and Parents for Executive Functioning Support

by | Nov 9, 2023

If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve been in the trenches of supporting students with executive functioning challenges. You know as well as I do that it can sometimes feel like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube while riding a unicycle on a tightrope – not impossible but certainly challenging!

However, we must remember that effective support isn’t about performing solo acrobatics; it’s more akin to conducting an orchestra where every player has their part in creating beautiful harmony. In our case, this symphony is composed of SENCOs (that’s us!), teachers and parents working together seamlessly.

Open communication is our conductor’s baton – guiding everyone towards achieving common goals. Regular meetings or check-ins can help keep everyone informed about progress or potential issues. These discussions shouldn’t be one-sided lectures but interactive dialogues where ideas are exchanged freely – think jazz improvisation rather than strict classical composition!

Creating consistent strategies across different settings is akin to ensuring all sections of our orchestra play from the same sheet music. What works at school should ideally be mirrored at home and vice versa – consistency breeds familiarity which fosters confidence in our young learners.

Finally, making sure everyone is on the same page means tuning all instruments before starting off so there aren’t any jarring notes midway through! This might involve training sessions for staff members or information packs for parents detailing what executive functioning support entails.

Remember folks; teamwork really does make the dream work when supporting students with executive functioning challenges! So let’s pick up those batons/conductors’ wands/magic collaboration sticks (choose whatever metaphor floats your boat) and start orchestrating success for our students!

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