Executive Functioning Skills

2 Minute Tutorial:  How to Color-Code Your Child’s School Supplies
If your child has trouble staying organized, you might want to try color-coding her school supplies.  Watch this short video and learn the best way to color-code.
Source:  Understood.com

3 Areas of Executive Functioning
Not all experts look at Executive Function in the same way.  But many view it as a group of three skills that allow kids to manage their thoughts, actions, and emotions in order to get things done. This article is a closer look at the different areas.
Source:  www.understood.org

5 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting a Child with Executive Functioning Issues
One mom relays her story about what others need to understand about her son with executive functioning deficits.
Source:  Michele Gianetti

How to help kids build flexible thinking skills
Some children with learning and attention issues have trouble seeing other viewpoints and alternative ways of doing things. Use these tips to help your child practice flexible thinking, which is essential for learning and everyday life.
Source:  Amanda Morin

How to teach your grade-schooler organization skills
Organization and time management don’t always come easy for kids.  Organizational skills are something you may have to teach your grade-schooler.  Here are some lessons to help you get started.
Source:  Amanda Morin

How to teach your high-schooler organization skills
As teens become more independent, learning to organize and prioritize in all aspects of their lives is important to their future success in college or the workplace.  Here are ways you can help.
Source:  Amanda Morin

How to teach your middle-schooler organization skills
In middle school, kids have to learn how to deal with more homework and a busy social calendar. Learning organizational skills and how to prioritize time is important. Here are some ways to teach those skills.
Source:  Amanda Morin

8 Tips for Organizing Your Child’s Backpack
Here is a great article and 2-minute video tutorial on how to organize your child’s backpack.  The backpack is an important link between home and school.  But if your child has organization issues, she may have trouble keeping it in order.
Source:  Amanda Morin

7 color-coding tips to get your child organized
Does your child have trouble keeping track of things – from class assignments to sports gear?  Try these color coding ideas at home.
Source:  Lexi Walters Wright

8 Working Memory Boosters
Does your child have a hard time keeping one bit of information in mind while he’s doing something else? For example, if he’s helping make spaghetti and the phone rings, does he forget he needs to go back and keep stirring the sauce? If he often has trouble with such tasks, he might have working memory issues.
Source:  Amanda Morin

6 Steps to Breaking Down Assignments
Figuring out how to get started on a big project or coming up with a plan for seeing it through can be hard for many kids.  That is especially true if your child has executive functioning issues or weak organizational skills.  These simple tips can help him break down projects into manageable steps.
Source:  Amanda Morin

Executive Function Disorder, Explained!  What is It and How is it Different than ADHD?
A child or an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be hyperactive, inattentive, and/or impulsive. Clinicians have always understood hyperactivity and impulsivity. The understanding of inattention, though, has shifted from primarily “the inability to stay on task” to a broader concept called executive function disorder, which involves a pattern of chronic difficulties in executing daily tasks.
Source:  Larry Silver, M.D.

Trouble with executive function at different ages

Source:  www.understood.org

What is Executive Functioning?
The term “executive functioning” has become a common buzzword in schools and psychology offices. This is more than just a passing fad. In fact, neuropsychologists have been studying these skills for many years. We believe that the focus on executive functioning represents a significant advancement in our understanding of children (and adults!) and their unique profile of strengths and weaknesses.
Source:  Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel