Executive Functioning

Girl Holding her HeadThe term “executive function” refers to a set of mental processes that are involved in a goal directed activity.  Executive functioning skills are  important for problem solving, reasoning, social awareness, goal directed behavior, and adaptive behavior. Researchers believe that children who have an early brain lesion, such as a stroke, are vulnerable to problems with executive functioning.

Executive dysfunction can interfere with the ability to function effectively at school and at home, and can cause problems in personal relationships. Executive dysfunction is not the same thing as a developmental delay or cognitive impairment.


What is Executive Functioning?

What is Executive Function?

Executive Function Fact Sheet

Executive Function Planning Calendar – example of plans for one day

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn in Their Homework

Executive Functioning and Learning Disabilities

Executive Skills and Your Child with Learning Disabilities

Executive function following child stroke:  the impact of lesion size. Nov. 2011. Australia.

Executive function following child stroke:  the impact of lesion location. Mar. 2011. Australia.

Children’s executive functions:  are they poorer after very early brain insult. June 2010. Australia.Child Wearing Testing Equipment