If you have read anything on children’s learning and attention issues, you have probably come across the term, executive functioning. But what is executive functioning, and how can you help your child build their skills in this area?
Executive functioning refers to a group of skills that are key to learning and managing daily life. Some of these skills include:
Difficulties with executive functioning are often experienced by individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Specific Learning Disorder. However, individuals without these diagnoses may also benefit from strategies to improve executive functioning, given how important these skills are for academic success and everyday life!
Here are some ways to help your child build executive functioning skills:
As always, involving your child in the construction of schedules, routines, and goals is a sure-fire way to make the learning process more enjoyable for them and for you!
Written by Registered Psychologist with Wildflowers, Rachelle MacSorley