What is Executive Functioning?
An umbrella term that includes a child's ability to resist impulses (inhibitory control), mentally process and manipulate information (working memory), and create problem solving strategies (cognitive flexibility). Executive functioning skills are often impaired in children with Austim Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Sensory Processing Disorder. Difficulties with these skills can make it hard for children to stay on task at home, learn and attend in school, or solve problems and make friends on the playground.
So how can you help your child improve these skills and facilitate success throughout their day? Try setting up external supports and engaging in games/activities that challenge these skills. The list below includes some of our favorite tools and toys to for doing just that!
Timers: Helping Keep Distracted Minds on Task
Therapist Top Pick!
Token Economies& Visual Schedules
Parent & Child Must Reads
Emotional Regulation Curriculums
Play, Learn, Remember- Games to Challenge Executive Functioning Skills