Understanding Executive Function Issues & Classroom Accommodations

Amanda Morin
Parent Advocate & Former Teacher


Executive function is like the CEO of the brain. It’s in charge of making sure things get done from the planning stages of the job to the final deadline. When kids have issues with executive functioning, any task that requires planning, organization, memory, time management and flexible thinking becomes a challenge. The more you know about the challenges, the better you’ll be able to help your child build their executive skills and manage the difficulties. Read More

Executive functioning issues can make learning difficult. Fortunately, there are classroom accommodations that can help students stay on top of their work. Read More

Upcoming Meetings

Our final meeting of the school year will take place on 6/5 at 9:00am in the Headmaster’s Conference Room at DSMS. Residents of Dover and Sherborn and the parents or guardians of students who attend our schools are welcome to participate in our meetings. If you wish to be added to our member distribution list, please contact us.

Transition Planning

Transition is the process, ideally beginning at age 14 if not sooner and extending through high school graduation and beyond, by which an adolescent or young adult masters the life skills necessary to function independently in post-secondary school or the workplace. To learn more, visit the Transition Planning & Services Resources section of our website.

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

Caroline Miller
Editorial Director

Child Mind Institute

Kids who have non-verbal learning disorder have a wide variety of learning challenges. All of them involve trouble recognizing patterns, but there are many different kinds of patterns they may have trouble with: visual patterns, social patterns, abstract reasoning, math concepts, organizational skills. Some kids are affected in a lot of areas, others in few. So the first step in helping kids with NLD is to understand how it affects each individual child. What are the specific core deficits a particular kid struggles with? Read More

Challenge Success Initiative

At our SEPAC meeting on 3/13, we were joined by members of the Dover Sherborn Guidance Advisory Council to learn more about their Challenge Success initiative, aimed to reduce unhealthy pressures on youth and champion a broader definition of success in our schools and communities. Their goal is to help our students achieve a healthier balance between competing priorities during and after school, and enhance their overall level of fulfillment and well-being.

The next Challenge Success Book Club will take place on Wednesday, 4/15 from 7:00-8:30pm in the DSMS Library. The proposed reading for this session is Blessings of a B Minus, a national bestseller by Wendy Mogel, Ph.D. Wendy is a clinical psychologist, parent educator, national speaker, and Policy/Research Advisor to Challenge Success. You are welcome to join the discussion even if you have not been to previous book club meetings. The sessions are structured so participants can drop-in as their schedules allow. The experience is intended to be stress-free, so please feel free to contribute even if you haven’t finished the book. Please contact co-chairs Pam Kading Webb or Carol Chirico for additional information.