Executive Function & Processing Speed by Sarah Ward
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Processing speed (PS) is how quickly we can perceive information, understand it, formulate and execute a response. PS is not the same as intelligence. It is possible to be bright, yet process information slowly. 80% of students with executive function impairments show clinically significant discrepant weaknesses in processing speed.*** PS can limit productivity and EF skills to: complete routines; follow instructions; finish homework; listen/read and take notes/to summarize; integrate and encode information; write assignments that require complex thoughts; inhibit tangential thoughts and ignore distractions; transition between tasks; keep pace with the flow and process nuance in social conversations; acquire new material; reason under time demands and decide what to wear, eat, write about, etc. Slow PS can bog students down in the details and they can’t distinguish relevant from minor details and see the big picture. A student with PS challenges may be slow to retrieve ideas, or may even give a large number of disconnected ideas. This reduces the likelihood they can use their background knowledge to process incoming information to make connections to and predictions about a novel concept or to plan a novel task.*** Learn specific methodologies to improve processing speed to: • increase the automaticity with which students can attend to, interpret, and language to follow directions, complete tasks and complete writing assignments • interpret figurative and abstract language and think flexibly
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