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Executive Functioning

Executive functions are the mental skills we use every day.  They include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control.  Executive functioning skills allow us to get organised, plan ahead and perform tasks.


A child or young person who finds executive functioning hard might have difficulty:

  • Paying attention.
  • Demonstrating self-control.
  • Managing emotions.
  • Holding information in their working memory.
  • Switching from one activity to another.
  • Getting started on tasks.
  • Organising their time and materials.
  • Keeping track of what they are doing.
  • Completing long-term projects.
  • Thinking before acting.
  • Waiting their turn.


Executive Functioning and Neurodiversity

Executive function difficulties are common among neurodiverse people (people who have neurodevelopmental differences). It is one of the primary symptoms of ADHD but it is also common among other conditions, such as Autism.


Connections In Mind

Visit the Connections in Mind website to find out more about supporting neurodiverse learners with executive functioning skills.