PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING
Every day, our students get experience in:
- Completing dorm room cleaning tasks
- Asking for help when needed on school projects
- Taking care of daily routines
- Resolving disagreements with peers
- Cooperating with dorm parents even when resistant
- Serving as role models for younger students
All of these activities require the use of executive functioning, since students must figure out how to sequence a process, prioritize action items, meet
deadlines, and complete tasks.
TALK IT OUT
Our dorm staffers hold meetings using "conversation starters" so that all residents have the chance to express their concerns. Using open discussion formats, students learn to communicate clearly and understand other people's perspectives.
In addition, each dorm group plans special bonding activities, along with some friendly competition, to promote school spirit and camaraderie.
"WE DO/YOU DO" APPROACH
Students may find certain tasks overwhelming at first. Thay's why Bachman uses the "we do/you do" approach. For example, it can be challenging to figure out how to properly sort laundry, determine temperature settings, and follow special care instructions. So instead of just handing students a hameper of dirty clothes and some detergent, our dorm parents actually go through the process step-by-step with them.
In the future, any time that the student needs to wash clothes, our staffers will be there to offer assistance as needed. He or she can demonstrate the process as many times as needed until the student is confident and able to complere the task independently.
We use the "we do/you do" approach to cleaning dorm rooms, preparing meals, and other life skills. Competency in these areas builds confidence and increases independence.