PCS Support Services

In addition to our academic, clinical, and social emotional learning program, Park Century provides other in-house support services for our students and families.  We are also happy to field questions and offer advice to outside community members who have questions about testing, LD services, testing accommodations, referrals, etc. 

PCS Sibs Group

Because we understand that being a sibling of an LD child can have a tremendous impact on the role and self-esteem of even the most successful and well-adjusted child in a family,  Park Century offers Sibs Groups to provide an opportunity for brothers and sisters of PCS students to discover more about learning differences and our school program. In a supportive environment surrounded by fellow siblings of students with learning differences, children participate in a program that aims to foster empathy and understanding for what it feels like to struggle in school.

 

Siblings are grouped by age in two sessions: ages 6-9 and ages 10-14. Depending on the age of the group, Sibs Groups provide education through informal discussions, short videos, and simulated exercises. Siblings can participate to any extent they feel comfortable!

Executive Functioning

Executive functions are a set of mental processes that help us to connect our past experiences with our present actions and affect our ability to get things done. We use executive functions in our everyday lives to plan, organize, manage time and space, pay attention, strategize, remember details, and keep motivated.  According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, “Although not a learning disability, different patterns of weakness in executive functioning are almost always seen in the learning profiles of individuals who have specific learning disabilities or ADHD.”

At Park Century School, instructors at all levels are mindful that students with learning disabilities need direct instruction in executive functioning to incorporate them into their daily toolbox.  PCS teachers and students have access to a trained staff member who can provide lessons to the class on executive functioning awareness and also work one-to-one with some students, as available, upon recommendation through our academic deans.  Executive functioning tools may include: daily work logs, checklists for organization, time management and materials, scaffolding for writing assignments, one-to-one conferencing for writing assignments, timing of tasks, breaking down long-term assignments, using visual symbols to learn vocabulary, story-mapping novels and texts, and goal-setting, to name a few.  

 

Below is a list of helpful executive functioning resources.  Contact our onsite executive functioning specialist, Kalpana Sarathy, at ksarathy@parkcenturyschool.org or (310) 840-0500 ext. 208 with any questions or requests for more resources.

Executive Functioning Resources


Executive Functioning Resources - Delaware Valley Friends School This site from the Delaware Valley Friends School provides helpful and comprehensive information about executive functioning skills, strategies, and resources. Understood A resource website providing a wealth of information about learning and attention issues, Understood has an extensive section about issues in executive function, including a downloadable free ebook, Executive Functioning 101.




Executive Functioning Book Recommendations


Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life by Ana Homayoun No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control - The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive by Adam J. Cox Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D. Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed by Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran Executive Functions: What They Are, How They Work, and Why They Evolved by Russell A. Barkley Ph.D.





 

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