What can you do when a student appears to struggle with executive functioning skills? Screening for executive functioning can help to uncover areas that may need support!What is Executive Functioning?
Executive functioning, is much like a conductor of the brain. It is the process of perceiving and making sense of sensory information. In addition, it helps us create meaning from what we see, hear, touch, taste and experience. Finally, executive functioning also allows us to focus our attention, regulate our emotions, think about new information, manage time, organize ideas and make connections to prior knowledge. Some common symptoms are:
- trouble maintaining a planner or agenda for recording assignments.
- difficulty planning long term projects.
- hard time estimating how long a task or project will take.
- trouble starting homework independently.
- easily distracted.
- hard time keeping track of possessions.
- trouble listening to and following multistep directions.
- difficulty transitioning from one task to another.
- trouble keeping appointments.
- trouble keeping one’s bedroom and book-bag organized.
How Can I Screen Struggling Learners for Executive Functioning Problems?
The free Executive Functioning Screener, by Dr. Erica Warren, helps to define the likelihood that students are struggling with executive functioning weaknesses or deficits. It is a free, 20 question assessment that can help parents, teachers, and professionals quickly uncover any executive functioning challenges. Also, individual items shed light on specific difficulties that require attention. CLICK HERE to get a free download.
Does Dr. Warren Offer Other Free Screeners?
Yes, Dr. Warren offers a free dyslexia screener too, CLICK HERE for more information.
I hope you find this helpful!
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren, Learning Specialist Materials Blogspot
Much of this post originally appeared at Learning Specialist Materials Blogspot.