Executive Functioning is a set of mental skills that are controlled by an area of the brain called the frontal lobe, to help us manage time and pay attention. These skills usually develop quickly during early childhood and into adolescence and keep developing into the mid-twenties.
Executive Functioning skills are critical for the success of anyone and more so for special needs individuals. These skills enable us to plan, organize, remember things, prioritize, pay attention, and get started on tasks. They also help us to use information and experiences from the past to solve current problems.
The lack of these key skills may lead to a life of frustration, low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. Individuals who experience executive functioning issues often struggle with a working memory, flexible thinking and self-control.
This then impacts everyday life at school and in the community. As the visual showcases, there is a lot to process which can easily overwhelm those who lack executive functioning skills. There are evidence-based strategies and accommodations that can be used at school, at home and in the community to help strengthen these skills for success! Please feel free to consult us for customized strategies to assist your child at any time.