What is Executive Functioning? Plus 6 Strategies to Improve it

executive function skills Oct 10, 2017

My teenager's room is a total pigsty! 

Why can't my child get to class on time?

I have a student who really has trouble planning her thoughts and creating an outline before writing...

What do I have to do to get my daughter to start on her homework without nagging her a million times?

My student is able to start a task, but after the 2nd step he can never remember what to do next!

Do any of these phrases sound familiar? If you have a child or young adult in your life, they probably do. And that's because most kids, and some adults, struggle with executive functioning skills.

According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard, "executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses."

Looking at those frustrating phrases above, we can pull...

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