Executive Skills help you...
- keep track of more than one thing at once
- meaningfully include past knowledge in discussions
- change our minds and make mid-course and corrections while thinking, reading and writing
- wait to speak until we're called on
- seek more information when we need it.
...The ability to reason, plan, problem solve, make inferences, and/or evaluate results of actions and decisions.
Executive functioning refers to the skills of self awareness, self monitoring, goal setting, planning, initiation, inhibition, task completion, mental flexibility, response to feedback, and goal directed behavior.
Impairments with Executive Functioning
After a Brain Injury
- Reduced awareness about your deficits and their impact on your daily life
- Difficulty setting personal goals
- Difficulty following complex directions
- Poor initiation or hard time executing a task
- Hard time planning a schedule or keeping appointments
- Blurt out inappropriate things or put your foot in your mouth too often
- Can't come up with a "plan B" when your plan A doesn't work
- Difficult time taking on other's perspectives
- Decreased time management
- Limited self monitoring skills
- Don't accept feedback very well
So, at school, your executive skills will help you...
- Organize your notebooks, lecture notes, and text books
- Develop a weekly study schedule to review notes, complete readings, and prepare for tests
- Know when assignments are due and tests are scheduled
- List out information you don't understand and ask for help
- Prepare for work schedules, social activities, and other things you'd like to do
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