Executive Function Strategies Blog

Paula Feynman

Paula Feynman is the Academic Challenge and Enrichment Support Program Manager for Cambridge Public Schools. For more information please visit http://www.cpsd.us/departments and click on “Academic Challenge and Enrichment”.

Recent Posts by Paula Feynman:

Do Your Child’s Academic Strengths Mask Executive Function Deficits?

In my work supporting gifted students, I see many high achieving children who make it to middle school, and sometimes beyond, without exerting significant effort.  Their cognitive abilities or remarkable memories put them in the highest reading and math groups, earn them advanced scores on standardized tests, and make completing homework packets a breeze. They often excel in afterschool activities as well, winning accolades from club leaders and top prizes in a wide spectrum of competitions. These same children might have Executive Function deficits such as cluttered desks, not being able to find their papers or materials, and perhaps they do all of their homework in a rush the night before it is due. But, who cares? They’re fine, right? Don’t mess with success.