Executive Function

Executive functions are a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, emotional regulation and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and control our emotions, among other things.

 

Executive function is responsible for many skills, including:

  • Paying attention

  • Organizing, planning, and prioritizing

  • Starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion

  • Understanding different points of view

  • Understanding and regulating emotions

  • Self-monitoring (keeping track of what you’re doing)

These are all important skills for school. Delays in executive functioning are often associated with ADD/ADHD, but can also occur on their own and complicate learning and self control.  Understanding how your child is seeing the world and how you can support them at home and in school are integral to learning and growth, as well as developing relationships.​