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Executive functioning: assessments and skill-building for daily life

Executive functioning skills are what keep the day moving, enabling students to make plans, follow through, manage time, and stay organized.

Executive functioning skills are those that enable individuals to think adaptably, make plans, self-monitor, follow through on tasks, manage time effectively, and keep themselves organized.

These skills are important for a variety of everyday tasks, including meal preparation, daily living (e.g., dressing, bathing, etc.), and developing a schedule for the day. They also include critical academic skills such as planning a project, meeting deadlines, and staying on task. Development of these skills is essential to a student’s success in the workplace, postsecondary education, and in their personal lives.

Some goals for executive function skill-building include:

Skill progression

What does progress look like in building these skills? These are some steps you can take to develop experience and create confidence in your student:

Resources and assessments

These resources will provide additional insight into building and developing executive functioning skills:

Here are some examples of tools that we use to assess executive functioning skills at Perkins. They are intended to be administered by the student’s school team with input from the student and family. 

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