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FoundIt! A Safety Net for Executive Functioning Deficits

Posted Mar 28 2012 10:06pm
Let's face it, individuals with ADHD have a higher tendency to loose things. It comes from the deficit in planning and organization abilities, or Executive Functioning skills.
  • The executive functions all serve a "command and control" function; they can be viewed as the "conductor" of all cognitive skills.
  • Executive functions help you manage life tasks of all types. For example, executive functions let you organize a trip, a research project, or a paper for school.
  • Often, when we think of problems with executive functioning, we think of disorganization. However, organization is only one of these important skills. 
I don't know about you, but I am constantly looking for tips and tools to help my son Luke, age 9, who has ADHD, SPD, Dysgraphia, and significant Executive Functioning deficits. I scour the internet and books in the hopes that someone has an answer on how to help him (1) improve these skills and (2) live well with these deficits.

I was thrilled when FoundIt! contacted me and asked if I'd try out their service and let you, the readers, know what I think of it. This will not teach him skills and it isn't even a tool to help him with organization or planning. But it is a fail-safe when those pervasive executive functioning deficits come barging in the back door.

FoundIt! is quite simply a tech-based lost-and-found service that connects Finders with FoundIt! members instantly. It's perfect for anything that's easily lost but hard to replace, like phones and laptops, keys and cameras, backpacks and notebooks (how clutch is a math notebook the night before a test?) jackets, even tennis rackets. For as little as $9.99 a year, you get a package of stickers to place on your most precious belongings with a personalized code and the technological tools to make it easy for the Finder to return your item to you.

As soon as I got the kit, full of all different shapes and sizes of stickers and tags for luggage and key rings, I ran around the house first finding all our electronics and branding them with our FoundIt! code. After the most valuable items, I added tags to both our sets of keys, my dayplanner, and anything else I could think of. With all my anxiety, I would have slapped the stickers on each of my kids if I didn't think they'd probably wash right off in the first shower.

I admit, I'm skeptical. I'm not certain someone would return Luke's iPod touch instead of keeping it for themselves, but making it as easy as possible for them return it sure makes it more likely. FoundIt! says there's research to support that people want to do the right thing, and will given the opportunity. I sure want to believe in the goodness of humankind too!

I've had FoundIt! stickers and tags on our devices for a few months now. As much as I don't want to loose anything, I was hoping {just a little} to get to test the service and see how well it works. I am very happy I didn't get to though. I like not loosing my stuff. And I like the piece of mind knowing now that a finder is more likely to return something that belongs to me, because FoundIt! made it so easy for them to do so.

You want to give it a try? The folks at FoundIt! were kind enough to give {a mom's view of ADHD} readers a discount. When you register for FoundIt! , input MOMSVIEW in the discount code field for 25% off the service. Fantastic!
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