Executive Function

  • Executive Function refers to a set of mental skills that help you get things done.  Executive function helps you:

    • Manage time
    • Pay attention
    • Switch focus
    • Plan and organize
    • Remember details
    • Avoid saying or doing the wrong thing
    • Do things based on your experience
    • Multitask
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    Late, Lost, and Unprepared: a Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

    by Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Laurie Dietzel Year Published: 2008

    Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses.

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    Smart But Scattered: the Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids....

    by Peg Dawson & Richard Guare Year Published: 2009

    Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills — the core, brain-based habits of mind required to execute tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this revolutionary discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed an innovative program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential.

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