What are Executive Function skills?

If your child struggles at times to meet expectations at school, home or socially due to things like chronically poor impulse control, low tolerance for frustration, consistent struggle to make transitions from one task or activity to the next,  or predicting outcomes decisions or actions, it is likely he or she is struggling with executive function deficits.

Executive functioning becomes more seamless with development, repetition, experience--and in many cases, effective coaching and support. Meeting expectations and achieving goals or success starts to seem more attainable when a child has developed the skills necessary to do so. It is  more exciting to work toward our goals when success feels possible!

The same applies to adults.

The part of the brain that houses and drives executive functioning continues to develop well into our 20s. This is why many adults struggle as they transition through college, enter the workforce, or live on their own for the first time.  Without fully developed executive functioning, it can be difficult to plan effectively, organize tasks, manage time,  and predict the future without counting on the external environment to drive and regulate our behavior or decisions. Adults can appear unmotivated, “lazy,” or incompetent--despite putting forth a great deal of effort.

Understanding executive strengths and challenges is key to managing one’s environment for successful task completion, time management, organization and planning.

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