What are Executive Functioning Skills?
Executive functioning skills help us to coordinate the brain. Much like a conductor, executive functioning collects information we receive from our senses, prior knowledge and helps us to process and make meaning of the world around us. Executive functioning also helps us to manage emotions, maintain motivation, and organize information. I often like to think of it as the Grand Central Station of the brain.
What are Some Common Executive Functioning Symptoms?
- trouble maintaining an agenda or planner
- leaving projects to the last minute
- forgetting papers and needed materials
- trouble estimating how long it takes to complete tasks
- difficulty initiating homework independently
- problems sustaining attention
- difficulty keeping track of possessions
- trouble following multistep directions.
- difficulty transitioning from task to task
- problems keeping appointments
- trouble maintaining a tidy and organized bedroom or book-bag
How Can Students Develop Attentional Skills?
Attention is a piece of executive functioning, and students can learn to develop this skill through mindfulness lessons and activities, the development of visualization skills and by learning how to manage one's inner voice.