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Executive Functions Challenge

By Melvin Hayden 

We are entering an age where behavior is less likely to get a child suspended. We are becoming more and more trauma informed about the behavior, which means altering our view on the causes, which means consequences are not the same. Chronic trauma affects children’s memory, their ability to pay attention, plan, think things through and other executive functions. Kids who have ADHD as well as trauma may be especially impaired in these skills. Because trauma effects the whole body, mind and spirit of a child, it is difficult to foresee the impact of completing tasks in school and the ability to plan behavior, rather than acting impulsively and deciding on the best way to communicate needs and more. 

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