Executive Function

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America:

“[Executive dysfunction is] an inefficiency in the cognitive management systems of the brain that affects a variety of neuropsychological processes such as planning, organization, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. Although not a learning disability, different patterns of weakness in executive functioning are almost always seen in the learning profiles of individuals who have specific learning disabilities or ADHD.”

WEBSITES

Understood.org: What is executive function?

Includes short video explanation, “snapshot” of executive function, signs, causes, assessment and treatment

Seth Perler: What is executive functioning (in plain English) 

Short introductory video, definition, areas impacted, aspects of executive function, damaging misconceptions, ways to help (or not), checklist and further resources; additional PDF downloads and quiz available through free sign-up

Dr. Sharon Saline

Clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD, but blog articles and resources are relevant to parents of all neurodiverse children

Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS)

Description and resources related to CPS, an evidence-based psychosocial model developed by Dr. Ross Greene.  His nonprofit organization, Lives in the Balance, offers a walking tour  for parents and educators.  The Paperwork section is packed with tools. 

 

Order Out of Chaos

Academic and Parent Coach Leslie Josel offers articles, videos, podcasts, printables and worksheets (with sign-up), Facebook groups and information about her books

Association of Educational Therapists: Tips for parents 

10 related blog posts with practical ideas to support your child’s executive functioning skills

ARTICLES AND HANDOUTS

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Executive function fact sheet

Basic definition and bulleted lists of abilities affected by EF, with compensatory strategies

National Center for Learning Disabilities: What is executive function?

Deeper explanation of executive function through use of narratives and humor; includes list of EF abilities with illustrations from the narrative 

Search Institute: Strengthening Executive Function

Well-researched article on the development and importance of EF; includes the SOAR approach to supporting EF in children

Super Duper: Handy handouts on executive function

Compilation of three handouts: Teaching Time Management, Executive Functions - Something to Think About, and Sequencing and Executive Functioning

BOOKS

Smart but Scattered 

Series of books written by prominent researchers of executive function, Pam Dawson and Richard Guare