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Executive Functioning

You’ve probably heard the word Executive Functioning before…but what exactly does it mean?

Executive Functioning is a set of mental processes that allows us to think about short-term and long-term consequences. With the end result in mind, we can plan, initiate, organize, evaluate, and adjust our actions.

Signs of Executive Functioning Deficits include difficulties with:

  • Planning long-term problems
  • Understanding the passage of time
  • Initiating projects or generating ideas independently
  • Prioritizing the most important task
  • Physical organization of materials for school or work
  • Problem solving

The following resources may also be helpful to you:

Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up: Help Your Child Overcome Slow Processing Speed and Succeed in a Fast-Paced World

What Is Executive Function? 7 Deficits Tied to ADHD