When occupational therapist Jill Rigby found herself in meeting
after meeting trying to explain executive functioning disorder to
parents, she started writing it down instead.
"Three times a year we have parent-teacher conferences and the
big issue that kept coming up was, 'Your child has executive
functioning disorder,'" says Rigby, who works at a school in
Northfield. "Parents were confused about what that meant."
So Rigby began writing out simple explanations in layman's terms
of the disorder, which is the inability to transition, organize and
adapt to activities in your day.
Before she knew it, she was writing a book about the disorder,
called "I put it right here I swear!"
The book begins with explaining a day in the life of a boy with
executive functioning disorder and how he feels. "He keeps getting
yelled at and he keeps losing things," Rigby explains.
The book, illustrated by Rigby's 17-year-old daughter, who also
struggles with the disorder, is available through amazon.com.
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