Executive functions help one manage tasks of all types. The executive functions are a set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. These are neurologically based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. These include initiation, emotional control, planning, organization of materials, self-monitoring, etc.
At Excella Developmental Services, we want to teach children with Autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, and other disabilities the necessary executive function skills that can improve their quality of life. We want to teach them executive functions such as the ability to:
- Keep track of more than one thing at once
- Meaningfully including past knowledge in discussions
- Engage in group dynamics
- Evaluate ideas
- Reflect on one’s work
- Finish work on time
- Ask for help
- Wait to speak until called on
- Seek more information when needed.
Problems with executive function may be manifested when a person has:
- Difficulties planning a task
- Difficulties telling how much time a task will take to complete
- Difficulties telling a story (verbally or in writing); has trouble communicating details in an organized, sequential manner
- Difficulties with the mental strategies involved in memorization and retrieving information from memory
- Difficulties initiating activities or tasks, or generating ideas independently
- Difficulties retaining information while doing something with it; e.g., remembering a phone number while dialing.
For further information, get in touch with us at 916-550-9628.