Sounds like a senior management skill, but executive functioning
(according to the latest research conducted by Dr. Brown, Professor,Yale University) refers to “all the thought processes that allow a person to get along or function in the world”. Although it is not an exact science, it is currently being used to help children who are struggling with learning, attention, or behavior problems.
It includes such things as organization, prioritizing work, getting started and following through to completion, sustaining focus, staying alert, managing emotions, using memory, and knowing when it is appropriate to take action to get the job done.
There is no test to find out about a person’s executive function but there are signs that many children may need help. Children who have an executive functioning disorder
may have difficulty when combining the following.
Organizing their supplies and books Keeping up with long-term projects Turning in daily work on time Managing time Difficult time working cooperatively
*The take away is, parents need to be aware that these
children are usually extremely smart and just have trouble pulling it all together. “With assistance”, children can be very successful in school.