ADHD is a common condition that affects the ability of some children and adults to focus, pay attention, organize, plan, stay on task, and manage time. These and other related skills are commonly called Executive Functioning Skills. Children with impaired Executive Functioning Skills often need parental and professional support to strengthen neural pathways that make possible the enhanced development of useful habits that can help them overcome issues with focus and attention. These skills can be learned by many children, but just like any skill, regular practice is required to improve. Variable estimates suggest that from 5 – 10% of children in America are affected by ADHD.
Many professional resources, medications, and tools exist to help children with ADHD. Professionals include child psychologists and psychiatrists, classroom teachers, educational coaches, occupational therapists, pediatricians, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and others.
Of many tools designed to help children develop more capable Executive Functioning Skills, a new tool called Folders for Focusing has likewise been helpful to children with ADHD. These are attractive and sturdy tri-fold therapy tools that provide a cubby or privacy space for use at home or in school. Kids love them and are excited to use them as they often induce some kind of calming effect on many children. Two internal dry-erase boards offer easy ways for Mom, Dad, teachers, SLP’s, etc to provide close-in visual cues such as directions, to-do lists, and important reminders. Folders for Focusing are available in six styles and are used mostly by children from about 4 – 10 years old.