Executive Function

Whether in school, at home, or in the workplace, we’re constantly expected to self-regulate our thoughts and behavior.  Executive function (EF) is a name given to the cognitive skills that are closely involved in bringing organization and order to our thoughts and behavior.

Taking EF a step further, we can break it down into two categories—thinking and doing. Thinking skills involve planning, organizing, time management, working memory and metacognition. Doing skills involve response inhibition, emotional control, sustained attention, task initiation, flexibility and goal-directed persistence.  Together, we refer to these as Executive Skills.

The inability to manage these skills is more common than one might think. In fact, for children it becomes more apparent as they move through the early elementary grades. This is when the demands of completing schoolwork independently can trigger signs of a problem with executive skills.

An individual may have problems with executive skills when he or she has trouble:

  • Planning projects
  • Comprehending how much time a project will take to complete
  • Telling stories (verbally or in writing)
  • Struggling to communicate details in a structured, sequential manner
  • Memorizing and retrieving information from memory
  • Initiating activities or tasks
  • Generating ideas independently
  • Retaining information while doing something with it (working memory)

The good news is that the brain continues to mature and develop connections well into adulthood. A person’s executive skills are shaped by both physical changes in the brain and through life experiences. Our programs focuses on improving executive skills for children, teenagers and adults. We do this the same way you’d improve any skill, by practicing. Our methodology is evidenced based and the results speak for themselves. Please contact us now to schedule a free consultation.