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Executive Functioning

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What is it and why is it important? Executive functioning refers to the ability to make a plan, carry out the plan, and stay organized in the process. For many people, these skills are learned naturally over time. But, for a child with a disability, it may be necessary to explicitly teach executive functioning skills. If your child often loses papers, can’t find the necessary materials for an assignment, or forgets when assignments are due, an IEP goal related to executive functioning could be highly beneficial. Some children benefit from learning how to use a planner. Some need support with the organization of their physical learning materials. And, other children may need extra practice with independently carrying out tasks with multiple steps. This piece to the puzzle of a child’s education is often overlooked, but is so important to a child’s future success!


There is no one size fits all approach to executive functioning skills; what works for one student may not work for another. Just as us adults have different preferences for our calendars and to-do lists, it can be a trial and error effort to find out what works best for your child. If you need help brainstorming with your IEP team, reach out to us today!





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