Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Executive Function

“The executive functions are a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.”

What does the above definition mean?

Executive functions help us manage life-skills which are necessary to navigate daily-living all through our life. You need executive functions to plan and get through your day, study for an exam, research a project or plan a holiday. However, organizing is only one of these important skills. Intellectual ability is different from having good executive functions. Very bright children can have weak executive functioning.
  • Like other cognitive skills, the executive functions follow a developmental course.
  • Development of these important mental control skills is related to both brain maturation and experience (nature and nurture).
  • There is considerable variability in the rate at which children develop executive control.
  • Intellectual ability is different from executive capacity; very bright children may have weak executive functioning.
  •  At younger ages, development of basic impulse control and rudimentary planning begins. As children get older, maturation and learning bring more refined skills, including the ability to think and problem-solve more flexibly and to work more efficiently.

From Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel 

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Acceptance is the First Step Towards Learning

Every parent I have met, goes through the emotion of disbelief, pain, guilt, not necessarily in that order, when they come to know their child has ‘difficulty’ with learning (It’s not difficulty or disability but the brain’s ability to learn differentlyNeuroplasticity).

Going through these emotions is normal. But at the end of it, I have to rationalise and prepare to take the next step. The first step towards dealing with learning difference in our child is acceptance, which is unconditional. The moment we accept, the perspective shifts. I don’t look at the situation with trepidation and fear, but with acceptance and love. With acceptance and love comes the ability to find approaches to help our child become learning independent. This is important since young children require adult intervention to become learning independent.

In our culture, we place undue emphasis on the written word. When a child has difficulty with the written word, we bludgeon the child with an overdose of the written word in a misplaced sense of achieving learning. We will simply break the child.

Parents should come to terms that our child is learning different. 

That ability is an advantage since our children process information differently. The Dyslexic Brain can think in images and process information faster than a non-dyslexic brain. Equip yourself with knowledge about the learning difference your child has, you will be able to help them on their path towards becoming learning independent adults.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Parent Support Group

Gift of Learning Difficulty (G.O.L.D) is a parent support group for those who have children with Learning Difficulties. Read the poster for more details.

To join please contact:

Vinit: vinitdw@gmail.com or 9443534000
Lakshmipriya: lpsom@hotmail.com or 9962942377
Mrudula: govindaraju.mrudula@gmail.com or 9840289483

Monday, 5 December 2016

Chef Venkatesh Bhat On How He Managed Dyslexia

Chef Venkatesh Bhat was at his inspiring best when he spoke with frankness about how he managed his dyslexia to become a successful chef. Watch the interview here:

Interview courtesy: Madras Dyslexia Association

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

*Vaishnavi's Triumph: A Story of Belief and Determination

When I met Vaishnavi* for the first time, she came across as a soft-spoken woman – spry and energetic in her sixties. Her eyes exude kindness and compassion. In reality, this fa├žade props up a woman of steel. She’s a terrific lady. And once you get to know her, you’ll realise she’s a storehouse of knowledge on supporting a child with learning differences, as a parent and as a teacher. Listen to her story of struggle and triumph in her son’s turbulent voyage through school; and how he emerges victorious because his mum believed in him and stood by him. Listen to Vaishnavi's story:

*Name changed on request.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bread Basket

Sugar buns drenched in warm, melting butter were the highlight. Baking bread at Big Man's Bakery.

Bread Basket