What is it like to struggle with executive functioning?

What I’ve been reading…

I’ve been reading more on executive functioning skills with children and came across this excellent article from Understood (a nonprofit that supports parents of children with attention and learning struggles).  This article focuses on describing the experience of children who struggle with executive functioning skills in daily life.
executive function childThe article links to “Through Your Child’s Eye” which is a computer simulation that mimics several different varieties of executive function struggles.  It has simulations for the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Attention
  • Math
  • Organization

Do you have a child or student who struggles with one of these areas?  

I challenge parents (and professionals working with children) to try at least a few of the simulations to have at least a glimpse of what it might be like to live with the experience of a learning disability.

Other resources I have been reading on executive functioning:


Resources from my blog about executive functioning skills:

Upcoming presentation in Apple Valley, MN on Parenting to Promote Executive Functioning and Self-Regulation Skills- May 5th!


Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net