A-I Matrix™

The A-I Matrix: For a nominal fee (i.e. less than your morning latte or cappuccino), you can access current information on strategies, which link practical interventions to areas of need, as well as areas of strength (PIKS). For a free sample: Click on the button at the intersection of Homework and Executive Functioning in the table below for information and strategies pertaining to how Executive Functioning impacts Homework. To subscribe, simply click on any of the other A-I Matrix buttons.

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Test Taking
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Academic Skill
Verbal Reasoning
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Executive Functions
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Social / Emotional
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Sensory and Motor
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Tempo 08.23.20
We hear this term used a lot in football or music, but it also pertains to a person’s natural rate of being. Most people adjust their tempo depending on the situation and demands of the moment; for instance, I walk fast or maybe even jog a bit when I’m running late for an appointment, but I walk casually outdoors when visiting with a friend. However, each person usually has a preferred mode that is a comfort zone, which varies greatly between individuals – that preferred mode is likely your natural tempo. There are some whose tempo is locked into the same speed no matter what the situation and struggle to alter tempo when needed or expected; this is when challenges can arise.

The Slow Mover
Some children just move at a very casual tempo in everything they do – eating, getting dressed, getting out the door, doing work. This can be especially difficult (for all members involved) in a fast-paced family or classroom. A casual tempo may simply stem from a laid-back personality or a reflective thoughtfulness, which can be excellent, healthy qualities. These children may have a gentle spirit and a calming effect on others. However, a slow tempo may also be related to cautiousness, perfectionistic tendencies, or uncertainty. For some children, a slow tempo may be related to slow processing speed, a low energy level, and/or inattentiveness/decreased alertness. Discovering why a child has a casual tempo can assist with having greater patience with the child, as well as with determining ways to help compensate or, if possible, to adjust pace when needed. Physical activities that may appeal to such children to boost their energy level and help with learning the concept of adjusting tempo include: yoga, dance, paddle boarding, and cross-country running.

The Fast Thinker
Some children thrive in the fast lane. They are active, energetic, and react quickly. These children can often grow into adults who respond well in emergency situations or fast-paced environments. However, they may also lack patience and overlook details. For some children, a fast tempo may be related to intensity, competitiveness, overeagerness, sensation-seeking, and/or hyperactivity. Their energy level may be fun, but also tiring to others. Relaxation techniques can be helpful, along with increasing awareness of when slowing down or waiting can be beneficial. Physical activities that may help channel a fast tempo include: sprinting, rowing, cycling, and downhill skiing.

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