Some of us may have heard of the term “Executive functioning skills” floating around on blogs or other forums which is often associated with learning disabilities like ADHD, or sometimes applied to any learning difficulty. Whatever the context may be, it may have raised certain questions in our mind like “what are Executive functioning skills?” “Does my child/ student suffer from it?” “ How do I help them?”.
When you think about ‘learning’ milestones in children, academics and socio emotional learning are always on the top. Inorder to achieve them, the recipe lies in something we call ‘ Executive functions’.
By definition, an Executive functioning skill is the ability to plan, pay attention, remember instructions, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Simply put, Executive functioning skills are the brain’s air traffic control system. We can filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses with their help.
Now let’s break it down to its dimensions;
For example, in school a child is able to complete an easy math problem mentally. Whereas a child with weak working memory may not recall what they are even supposed to do with the numbers.
Many research proves that it matters especially for students as they need it for their academic success. Not only does it apply for children but it follows through adolescence and early adulthood, let’s just say that Executive functioning skills is a vital part of a healthy human development.
It’s definitely not an easy thing to spot in the distance. We can keep an eye to identify some signs that the student may show at home or school, like, inability to see others’ viewpoints,
inability to control big emotions, difficulty with change, forgetting routines in class, lack of attention, impatient in class/home.
Interested in finding out more? Contact Dr. Anupma Sethi at +1-669-900-2315.