Executive Functioning Resources on Therapy Thursday

Below, you will find a collection of executive functioning resources and tools for improving executive functioning skills that can be used in the home, school, therapy clinic, or anywhere!

Use these executive functioning resources to improve and develop executive functioning skills at home or in the classroom.
 

This week, we’re about Executive Functioning Skills!

If you follow The OT Toolbox, then you know we have a lot of resources on executive functioning skills. In fact, we even have an Executive Functioning Skills Toolbox Facebook Page! (Follow along for lots of resources curated from around the web!)

Here are strategies to help the adult with executive function disorder. Many of these tips and strategies are great for teens as well.

Let’s start at the beginning:

What are Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive Functioning Skills guide everything we do, from making decisions, to staying on track with an activity, to planning and prioritizing a task.  The ability to make a decision, plan it out, and act on it without being distracted is what allows us to accomplish the most mundane of tasks to the more complicated and multi-step actions.

Children with executive functioning issues will suffer in a multitude of ways.

Some kids have many deficits in EF and others fall behind in several or all areas. _Everyone_ needs to develop and build executive functions as they grow.  Functional adults may still be struggling with aspects of executive functioning skills. These cognitive skills are an interconnected web of processing that allows for self-regulation, planning, organization, and memory.

Executive Functioning Skills are essential for learning, behavior, and development.  All of these skills work together and impact other areas.

**Executive Functioning Skills include:**
Emotional Control
Task Initiation
Task Completion
Working Memory
Planning
Prioritizing
Processing Speed
Organization
Attention
Self-Monitoring
Impulse Control
Cognitive Flexibility
Foresight
Hindsight
Self-Talk
Problem Solving
Persistence
Shift

Executive functioning skills development begins at a very early age. Click here to read more about executive functioning skill development.

Resources for Improving Executive Functioning Skills

 

Executive functions are heavily dependent on attention.  Read about the attention and executive functioning skill connection and the impact of attention on each of the executive functioning skills that children require and use every day.

Check out these fun games to help improve executive function skills.

Another area of interest to you might be the impact executive functioning skills have on handwriting.

Here are strategies for improving task initiation.

Read about tips for improving working memory.

Here are tons of tips for addressing organization issues at home or in school. These are great for younger kids through adult!

 
Here are many activities and loads of information on improving attention in kids.
 
Helping kids with impulse control can be a big challenge! Here are tips that can help.

 

 
 
That’s why I created The Impulse Control Journal.

The Impulse control journal is a printable journal for kids that helps them to identify goals, assess successes, and address areas of needs.  The Impulse Control Journal is a printable packet of sheets that help kids with impulse control needs.

Read more about The Impulse Control Journal HERE

The Impulse Control Journal has been totally revamped to include 79 pages of tools to address the habits, mindset, routines, and strategies to address impulse control in kids. 

 

More about the Impulse Control Journal:

  • 30 Drawing Journal Pages to reflect and pinpoint individual strategies 
  • 28 Journal Lists so kids can write quick checklists regarding strengths, qualities, supports, areas of need, and insights 
  • 8 Journaling worksheets to pinpoint coping skills, feelings, emotions, and strategies that work for the individual 
  • Daily and Weekly tracking sheets for keeping track of tasks and goals 
  • Mindset, Vision, and Habit pages for helping kids make an impact
  • Self-evaluation sheets to self-reflect and identify when inhibition is hard and what choices look like 
  • Daily tracker pages so your child can keep track of their day 
  • Task lists to monitor chores and daily tasks so it gets done everyday  
  • Journal pages to help improve new habits  
  • Charts and guides for monitoring impulse control so your child can improve their self-confidence  
  • Strategy journal pages to help kids use self-reflection and self-regulation so they can succeed at home and in the classroom  
  • Goal sheets for setting goals and working to meet those goals while improving persistence  
  • Tools for improving mindset to help kids create a set of coping strategies that work for their needs  
  
This is a HUGE digital resource that you can print to use over and over again.  
 

 

 
 
 
 
Try these executive functioning resources to improve executive function in kids.

Know a child who struggles with impulse control, attention, working memory or other executive functions?Let’s talk about what’s going on behind those impulses!
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    Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20+ years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.