Executive Functioning is a new hot topic in education that has sparked a lot of research and media attention. Executive functioning, or what I like to call the conductor of the brain, is the complex process of the mind managing and making sense of what we see, hear, touch, taste, and experience.
What Does Executive Functioning Do?
Executive functioning also allows us to focus our attention, encode and process information into long-term memory, think about new information, regulate our emotions, shift our attention and perspectives, and make connections to what we already know. In fact, executive functions are often broken down into three core skills: 1) working memory 2) inhibitory control and 3) cognitive flexibility. When these three foundational skills work in unison, we can also accomplish higher-level executive functions such as problem-solving, reasoning, metacognition, self-regulation, time management, and organization.
So how can we identify students that have weaknesses with executive function weaknesses?
Affordable Executive Functioning Screener
The Good Sensory Executive Function Assessment Screener is an affordable, 20-question assessment of executive functions that can help parents, teachers, and professionals quickly uncover the likelihood of executive functioning challenges. Individual items also shed light on specific difficulties that require attention.
Please note that a more comprehensive assessment should be used for individuals with a traumatic brain injury that are experiencing any kind of executive dysfunction. Consider assessments such as the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System, the California Verbal Learning Test, the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, and the Wechsler Intelligence Test (digit span test measures).
How was This Screener Designed?
The Good Sensory Learning Executive Functioning Screener is based on my comprehensive, doctoral training, an extensive literature review, and over 25 years working as an executive functions coach. This screener, unlike many complex executive function tests, offers a simple, Likert scale that addresses the common symptoms. It is an informal evaluation and is best used to indicate whether formal testing should be pursued to fully uncover an adult's or child's ability. CLICK HERE to download your copy today.
Does Dr. Warren Offer Any Other Screeners?
Yes! I offer a number of other screeners that investigate dyslexia, working memory, and dysgraphia symptoms (see below). All my screeners are based on research, my extensive training, and many years of working one-to-one with struggling learners. All these quick, evaluations can be administered and scored by a parent/guardian, teacher, professional, or taken by the individual who may have dyslexia.
The Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener:
The Good Sensory Learning Dyslexia Screener offers a 20-question assessment. This simple, Likert scale addresses the common diagnostic symptoms. It is an informal evaluation and is best used to indicate whether formal testing should be pursued. CLICK HERE to download your free copy today.
The Good Sensory Learning Working Memory Screener:
The Good Sensory Learning Working Memory Screener is a 20-question screener that evaluates the common symptoms of working memory (auditory and visual working memory) and uses a Likert scale to report answers. It helps determine whether there is enough symptomatology to justify formal testing. In addition, it assists in identifying specific difficulties so that a remedial strategy can be developed. CLICK HERE to learn more.
The Good Sensory Learning Dysgraphia Screener:
The Good Sensory Learning Dysgraphia Screener presents a 20-question screener designed to uncover the likelihood that you or a dependent has dysgraphia. This Good Sensory Learning Dysgraphia Screener offers a questionnaire designed to assess the likelihood that you or someone you love or work with has dysgraphia. Results can be helpful in determining whether formal testing is warranted. CLICK HERE to learn more.
I hope you found this blog helpful. I have a lot of resources on executive function, and I invite you to listen to my podcast, The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast: Embody Executive Functions. Here you can access a wealth of free knowledge from my discussions with Darius Namdaran. Some of our topics include:
- What is Working Memory and How Can We Strengthen This Skill?
- Strategies to Help Improve Executive Function Skills
- Building a Routine for Improved Executive Functions and Memory
- How Do You Teach Executive Functioning?
- How Executive Functions, Dyslexia and ADHD Relate?
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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