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Executive Function Skills: A Foundation for Success at School & Beyond

Imagine a builder getting started on a new home. Maybe he’s behind schedule. There’s pressure from the owners. He knows that the foundation has to go in
before he can build but maybe he can
find a way to get back on schedule by modifying his approach. 



How Executive Function Skills Help Us Achieve (Really Big) Goals

In just under six months, I will be running my first marathon. And it’s a big one: the Boston Marathon. Training for this is going to be a huge endeavor that will require some serious goal-directed persistence and integration of just about all the rest of my executive function skills. As an executive function coach, I am fortunate to have many tools and strategies to approach all that goes into this race.



3 Tips for Parents Worried about Executive Function Challenges

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Joseph Moldover, a clinical psychologist with a private practice in Wellesley, MA. Read his full bio below.

Uncertainty is one thing that is guaranteed to create anxiety. Uncertainty can come from several different places for parents who find out that their child is struggling with executive function challenges. Let's explore 3 main concerns I commonly hear from parents I work with - and 3 ways to address those worries.



The Relationship Between Executive Function and ADHD in Children

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Elizabeth Hayward. Please read her full bio below.

Parents of a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often learn that their child also struggles with executive functioning. Executive function skills are those self-management skills that help us to set and achieve goals, including prioritizing, planning, organizing, initiating, self-monitoring, and adapting. These skills allow a child to engage independently and successfully in goal-oriented behavior, whether it’s completing homework or cleaning her room. It can be confusing to parents how executive functioning is actually related to ADHD.  Parents may wonder, do all children with ADHD struggle with executive functioning? Does trouble with executive functioning automatically indicate ADHD in children?