Executive Functioning

Executive functions are a set of cognitive functions that can be thought of similar to the Executive Branch of the government. They consist of those functions that control all other cognitive functions and are part of social-emotional skills that are more important for academics than intelligence level.

Supporting executive functioning at home can be accomplished through every day tasks such as cooking, grocery shopping, planning a get-together, cleaning projects and reading. Any task that involves making and following a plan helps kids to learn organizational/planning skills and flexibility when a plan must be changed due to an unforeseen circumstance. Emotional control and self-monitoring occurs through completion of a plan or task as these are necessary to reach the final goal, such as a party.

See the attached presentation below for more resources and ideas for supporting executive functioning in the classroom.