Executive Function Skills

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Free Drawing Mind Maps
These free drawing mind maps are a printable tool to use in doodling or drawing out a braindump. This is a great tool for supporting eecutive functioning skill needs.
Working memory challenges look like trouble completing tasks, difficulty remembering details, trouble recalling important pieces of information, and trouble with details. Here are tips and suggestions to help. Ideas, People, Adhd, Working Memory, Memory Strategies, Problem Solving, Cognitive Therapy, What Is Work, Math Facts
Working Memory Challenges
Working memory challenges look like trouble completing tasks, difficulty remembering details, trouble recalling important pieces of information, and trouble with details. Here are tips and suggestions to help.
Overstimulation anxiety refers to the worry we might notice about potential sensory stressors that we've experienced in the past and think might be impacting us soon. Think: crowded space and feeling overwhelmed. Here's how to help...
Overstimulation Anxiety Tips and Tricks
Overstimulation anxiety refers to the worry we might notice about potential sensory stressors that we've experienced in the past and think might be impacting us soon. Think: crowded space and feeling overwhelmed. Here's how to help...
Executive function skills are essential abilities that kids can develop and improve over time. For example, using a visual timer can help children learn time management, a key aspect of executive functioning. Implementing simple strategies like breaking tasks into smaller steps can make it easier for children to manage their activities. Use the strategies for kids with ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and cognitive impairments, providing valuable support for all learners. Occupational Therapy, Learning, Learners, Strategies, Processing Disorder, Management, Cognitive
Executive Function Tip for Time Management and Planning Skills
Executive function skills are essential abilities that kids can develop and improve over time. For example, using a visual timer can help children learn time management, a key aspect of executive functioning. Implementing simple strategies like breaking tasks into smaller steps can make it easier for children to manage their activities. Use the strategies for kids with ADHD, sensory processing disorder, and cognitive impairments, providing valuable support for all learners.
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Summer Bucket List that Supports Executive Function
We wanted to come up with a Summer Bucket list that encourages planning, prioritization, organizing thoughts and motor plans...and adds heavy work in the form of proprioceptive input with this list. If you pick one activity a week to do with your kiddos, you have a solid Summer that will support goal areas! Want a printable list of therapy-centric activities you can hang on the fridge? This is great for when the kids are bored or stuck on their devices:
These executive functioning hacks for making an appointment are key to making and getting to an appointment. Life skills at work! Here are more strategies for all things executive functioning: Skills Development, Self Regulation, Self Monitoring, Therapy Activities, Occupational Therapy Activities
Life Skills Hack- Making an Appointment
These executive functioning hacks for making an appointment are key to making and getting to an appointment. Life skills at work! Here are more strategies for all things executive functioning:
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Coping Strategies for Kids - The OT Toolbox
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How to Improve Working Memory
WORKING MEMORY STRATEGIES: +Notetaking +Daily Journal- The Impulse Control Journal is a great tool for keeping track of day to day events +Notebook for daily tasks and reminders +Writing down information (opposed to typing or tracking on an app) +Setting an alarm for tasks +Second set of school books for home +White board notes to be used in tasks like cleaning a room +Mnemonics +Guided imagery +Mental rehearsing +Imagine a task in pictures (like a cartoon strip of a day’s event) +Analyzing problem areas +Routines +Rewards +Reminder messages including verbal, picture, or app-based +To-do lists with physical action (pull off a post-it note when completed) +Task sequencing lists We cover these activities and more here: #executivefunctionskills #executivefunctioning #executivefunctions
Manipulating and managing information is work. Working that information transforms it to usable information. It all goes together! "Working memory is a system of interlinked components. The working memory system includes verbal and visual-spatial short-term memory stores. Verbal short-term memory holds information that can be expressed in numbers, words, and sentences. Visual-spatial short-term memory holds images, pictures, and information about location in space. Working memory also has a component that helps us resist distractions and remain focused when engaged in a task that requires working memory. One of the key responsibilities of working memory is to manage, manipulate, and transform information from short-term and long-term memory. Working memory is the “go-between” for short a Sight Words, Improve Focus, Task, Visual Memory, Workbook
How to Improve Working Memory
Manipulating and managing information is work. Working that information transforms it to usable information. It all goes together! "Working memory is a system of interlinked components. The working memory system includes verbal and visual-spatial short-term memory stores. Verbal short-term memory holds information that can be expressed in numbers, words, and sentences. Visual-spatial short-term memory holds images, pictures, and information about location in space. Working memory also has a component that helps us resist distractions and remain focused when engaged in a task that requires working memory. One of the key responsibilities of working memory is to manage, manipulate, and transform information from short-term and long-term memory. Working memory is the “go-between” for short a
Here, you will find tools and information for adults with executive function disorder and executive functioning issues. The ability to use these skills with mental dexterity impacts the way we pay attention, focus, plan, and prioritize. Here, you’ll find strategies that can impact executive functioning needs so that organization, impulse control, planning, time management, and other executive functioning skills are improved and regulated in daily life tasks. Executive Functioning Strategies, Executive Functions, Flexible Thinking, Classroom Goals, Forgetting Things, Goals Sheet, Impulse Control
Adult Executive Functioning Skills
Here, you will find tools and information for adults with executive function disorder and executive functioning issues. The ability to use these skills with mental dexterity impacts the way we pay attention, focus, plan, and prioritize. Here, you’ll find strategies that can impact executive functioning needs so that organization, impulse control, planning, time management, and other executive functioning skills are improved and regulated in daily life tasks.
Attentional Flexibility (aka Flexible Thinking) refers to the ability to shift attention mid-task, thinking about things in a new or different way, adapting to changes, adjusting in problem solving, and incorporating new information into plans or ideas. Attentional flexibility involves several areas of EF skills…working memory, attention, shift, praxis, metacognition, and more. Try this quick mental flexibility task: 1. Copy a series of letters: rrrrrrhhhhhh. 2. Add these pairs of numbers: 4 and 2, 5 and 5, 7 and 3. 3. Now subtract the numbers. 4. Playing cards spread face up on the table: Turn over all of the even-numbered cards. 5. Now turn over all of the odd-numbered cards. Check for smooth changes in tasks. Tally number of errors. Record number of verbal prompts (“Are you all done Prompts, Attention, Emotions, Lettering, Flexibility, Metacognition, Numbers, Kiddos
Attentional Flexibility: Executive Function
Attentional Flexibility (aka Flexible Thinking) refers to the ability to shift attention mid-task, thinking about things in a new or different way, adapting to changes, adjusting in problem solving, and incorporating new information into plans or ideas. Attentional flexibility involves several areas of EF skills…working memory, attention, shift, praxis, metacognition, and more. Try this quick mental flexibility task: 1. Copy a series of letters: rrrrrrhhhhhh. 2. Add these pairs of numbers: 4 and 2, 5 and 5, 7 and 3. 3. Now subtract the numbers. 4. Playing cards spread face up on the table: Turn over all of the even-numbered cards. 5. Now turn over all of the odd-numbered cards. Check for smooth changes in tasks. Tally number of errors. Record number of verbal prompts (“Are you all done
Use these free executive functioning apps in occupational therapy sessions to build skills like working memory, attention, and focus.
Free Apps for Occupational Therapy - The OT Toolbox
Use these free executive functioning apps in occupational therapy sessions to build skills like working memory, attention, and focus.
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How to Improve Prioritization
Prioritization is a challenge for many. Here, we are talking all about tips for prioritizing tasks and time management. Did you ever has so much to do that you didn’t know where to begin? Prioritization is a huge part of accomplishing a task, but also getting started and task completion. These executive functioning skills can stall the most organized person. For our kids and teens, these skills can be a challenge that impacts learning and functioning.
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Adult Executive Functioning Activities
Use these resources and tools to impact things like planning, prioritization, organization, attention, focus, working memory, self-awareness, flexibility, and though shift to imact functional adult tasks such as household chores, caring for children, holding a job, and everything we do on a daily basis.