“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” Frank Herbert, Dune

Executive Function: The Core of Cognitive Life

Executive functioning isn’t just about attention to detail or punctuality; it dictates how we strategize, organize, and manage our time. For neurodiverse individuals, a divergence from the ‘neurotypical’ executive functioning can effect every aspect of life, from problem solving to personal relationships.

Understanding and working with the nuances of different executive function components — such as working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility — is crucial for our team. These serve as the scaffolding that supports the day-to-day cognitive and behavioral tasks many people often take for granted.

Why Flexibility is More than a Soft Skill

Flexibility, the ability to accommodate change, is a foundational aspect of executive functioning and is crucial for growth and resilience in neurodiverse students. For our students, often the biggest wins come from when they can navigate the unexpected with grace.

Organization Beyond the Mess

When it comes to organization, we often think of having everything in its place and a well-structured routine. However, for those with executive function deficits, we need to take a broader viewpoint.

Our students at Seven Stars redefine organization in their own way — recognizing their unique patterns and finding systems that work within the structures of their therapy, education, and everyday life on campus.