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Executive Functioning

Executive functioning is the decision-making processes that include planning, organizing, sequencing, strategizing, response inhibition, sustained attention, time management, flexibility and remembering details. Executive functioning is required at the onset of a task or when a novel task is presented. It’s needed to organize one’s thoughts and actions in order to create a plan and execute the plan. In addition, executive functions help with self-regulation, which is the ability to monitor one’s behaviors. Improving self-regulatory processes will increase executive control, which together, are central to cognitive, linguistic, behavioral, and affective control—all of which are fundamental to learning and success in school.