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Executive Function

Executive function is a set of brain/mental skills that include:

 

      • Working memory
      • Flexible thinking
      • Self-control

 

We all use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Difficulties with executive function can make it hard to

 

      • Focus
      • Follow directions
      • Handle emotions

 

Executive function is a group of skills that everyone needs to manage oneself and one’s resources to achieve goals or tasks. It is a term for neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.

 

It serves as a command and control center. Executive function skills help manage life tasks.

 

For example,

 

Executive functioning allows you to organize

 

      • A visit to a friend’s house
      • A research project for college 
      • A writing assignment for school

 

Often problems with executive functioning include disorganization. However, the organizational skill is only one of these important skills.

 

Executive functioning has become a standard buzzword in schools and psychology offices. This is more than just a passing fad. In fact, neuropsychologists have been studying these skills for several years.
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Understanding Executive Functioning

Think about what life might be like for somebody with weak executive function skills. It gives you an understanding of how these core skills affect the ability to manage life tasks. 

 

 

Executive Function Skills

 

 

  • Inhibition

The power to prevent one’s own behavior at an acceptable time, including stopping actions and thoughts. The opposite of inhibition is impulsivity; if you’ve got weak ability to prevent yourself from working on your impulses, then you’re “impulsive.”

 

  • Shift

The power to maneuver from one situation to a different situation; and to think flexibly do you can reply appropriately to things.

 

  • Emotional Control

The power to control emotional responses by bringing rational thought in touch with feelings.

 

  • Initiation

The power to start a task and to generate ideas, responses, or problem-solving strategies.

 

  • Working memory

The capacity to carry information in mind for the aim of completing a task.

 

  • Planning/Organization

The power to manage current and future-oriented task demands.

 

  • Organization of Materials

The power to impose order on work, play, and storage spaces.

 

  • Self-Monitoring

The power to watch one’s own performance and to assess it against a standard of what’s needed or expected.

 

Executive function is a various but related and overlapping set of skills. In order to know an individual, it’s important to understand which executive skills are hard for them and to what degree.

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Signs of Executive Functioning Issues

Difficulties with executive function can affect people in different ways. The difficulties often look like signs of ADHD because ADHD is a problem with executive function.

 

People struggling with executive functioning skills may:

 

  • Have trouble starting and/or completing tasks
  • Have difficulty prioritizing tasks
  • Forget what they just heard or read
  • Have trouble following directions or a sequence of steps given to them
  • Panic when rules or routines change
  • Have trouble changing and shifting focus from one task to another
  • Get overly emotional and fixate on things
  • Have trouble organizing their thoughts into words and ideas
  • Have trouble keeping track of their belongings
  • Have trouble managing their time

Possible Causes of Executive Functioning Issues

 

There is a lot of research into what causes executive function issues. Here are two main factors.

 

  • Differences in brain development. Researchers have studied brain activities of individuals with executive function issues. They’ve found that certain areas of the brain develop slower in individuals who struggle with executive skills. These areas are responsible for working memory and emotional control.

 

  • Genes and heredity. People who have difficulties with executive function often have family members who do, too.

 

Also, problems with executive function often occur with learning challenges. Learning disabilities don’t always involve a problem with executive function skills. But it’s not uncommon for kids with dyslexia or dyscalculia, for example, to also have trouble with executive function skills. Problems with executive function could impact reading and math. Slow processing speed isn’t a problem with executive function. But it can cause trouble with it.

How Can Themba Help? 1:1 Executive Function Coaching

 

Themba Tutors specializes in coaching individuals who are struggling with learning differences – focusing, organizing, studying, test-taking reading, writing, math, languages, and other subject areas.  Themba Tutors are experts in ADHD/ADD, executive functioning, language processing, reading (e.g. dyslexia), writing, (e.g. dysgraphia), and math disorders (e.g. dyscalculia), autism spectrum disorders, non-verbal learning disorder, and other learning differences. Our Learning Specialists also work with homeschoolers and offer online tutoring options.

 

Themba Tutors helps individuals to maximize their learning potential from a collaborative approach working with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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