One way to help kids with flexible thinking is to
break down tasks
into smaller chunks. Another is to help kids plan out how they’re going to approach tasks or problems. Ask them to think about what else they could try if their first strategy doesn’t work.
You can offer ideas, too. This shows them there are options and can cut down on anxiety.
Families and teachers should connect if they notice kids struggling with flexible thinking. Together you can find ways to help. You can also talk about whether to do a free evaluation at school. The testing can show where kids are struggling, where they’re doing well, and how to support them.
Parents and caregivers: Learn more about
free school evaluations
that help kids who struggle with executive function.