Can You Identify the Time Horizons for Your Students?

Can You Identify the Time Horizons for Your Students?

I don’t know why I love data but I do! First off, the term Time Horizon was new to me and the information about how this applies to children and adults from ages 2 to 35 was fascinating!!!

This is one of the dozens of new terms, ideas and concepts that I learned when I listened to Sarah Ward, an SLP AND expert in the area of executive functioning!

If you have never heard of this term either, take a look!

I also did a lot of head nodding when I saw an Executive Functioning Skills Check-list that came from a pediatric therapy group. A couple items on the list in each age category were:

3-4 year olds can do things like follow one step commands and do simple chores and some self-help skills.

5-7 year olds can bring materials and information to and from school and play independently

8-11 year olds can keep track of their belongings outside of the home and do their homework independently

12-14 year olds can organize their schoolwork, plan and do long term projects and follow the rules without any adult supervision.

15-18 year olds can independently plan and organize leisure time, avoid reckless behavior and make plans for meeting long -term goals.

These are just a few of the skills on the check-list, but I really enjoyed seeing some of the things at each age level. It helps to be reminded of what students can and cannot do!

This information was adapted from Dawson, P and Guar, R Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, New York: The Guilford, 2004

I’d love to hear if Time Horizons is a new term for you and how you might use it in the future!

You take care and I’ll see you next time!

Carla

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