Executive Functioning

Executive function is defined as a group of cognitive abilities that control the skills required for goal-directed behavior. These skills are used across all areas of life (home, school, and in the community), and are an important part of human development. However, there are times that a learner may require additional assistance to enhance these skills.

Examples of some of the executive functioning skills we address are:

  • Attending to tasks
  • Completing tasks
  • Organization
  • Following multiple-step directions
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Prioritizing tasks
  • Self-evaluation skills
  • Memorization
  • Adaptability in thinking
  • Controlling emotions and impulses

Executive functioning skills can increase the probability of success in numerous areas of life (e.g., student, employee, friend, citizen).