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For neurodivergent individuals, working memory can be a difficult thing to maintain as they get older because life become more demanding of them. Whether it be having to actively move from one task to another, having to listen to teachers while also taking notes, or even just having a conversation while doing something else, working memory is needed every day. This executive functioning skill allows children, teen, and young adults to follow instructions with multiple steps, keep track of how a conversation is progressing, and even provides a sense of guidance in their decision making. If they can actively take in multiple things at once, whether it be socially, academically, or just in general life, then they can actively use their working memory to make the best decision quickly and accurately for the situation they are in. If not, then they may spend too much time trying to dissect everything one by one which can consume time and energy, making daily life difficult.
Working memory is so important because it allows us to retain information while other things are going on. Without it, workload can seem more difficult than it is since there may be an inability to multi-task. This can then set them back in life since multi-tasking can help us get multiple things done in a time efficient manner, whether it be academic or just in day to day life. Without working memory, daily life can feel daunting because tasks may become more difficult to complete, especially with outside distractions. Yet, despite executive dysfunction being a thing many neurodivergent people face, the Support for Students Growth Center coaches children, teens, and young adults so they can be successful in school, work, and life.
At SSGC, we provide the social, behavioral, emotional, and executive functioning skills children, teens, young adults, and their families need for a happy and successful life both in and out of school settings. Our team of professionals offers individualized and family coaching/counseling and social skills groups to help teach skills such as how to actively use working memory to ensure parents do not have to worry that their kids will be unable to be the best they can be in and out of school setting on their own. So, if your child is struggling with skills like the ones listed above and much more, the SSGC is equipped with the tools to help.
Dr. Eric J. Nach, Ph.D., M.Ed., A.S.D.C., is a Developmental and Behavioral Specialist who specializes in Autism, ADHD and related disorders. Dr. Nach is the founder of the Support for Students Growth Center and College Life Skills Program where he and his team of professional’s help develop the Emotional Maturity, Executive Functioning, Life Skill and Social Abilities of children, teens, young adults and college students and those high school students preparing for college.