EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS FOR TEENS
with Sarah Collins, OT
Executive Functioning Skills are defined as the “brain-based skills needed to effectively execute, or perform tasks and solve problems.” As with most skills, there is a range in development and expectations – not everyone needs to complete the same tasks on a daily basis. But, there must be a match between the environment, expectations, and abilities of a person. This class is designed to work with teenagers on:
- Identifying their strengths and weaknesses within executive functioning skills
- Learning how to adapt the environment or activity to promote success
Throughout our day we have a million things we want to do and a few that we need to do. To accomplish all these things there are underlying skills, known as executive functioning skills, that are necessary for success. For some of us, prioritizing and following tasks through to completion is implicit. For a lot of us, getting lost along the way, frustrated and frazzled is all in a day’s work. This class is designed for those that executive functioning skills do not come as easily. We will target one of the underlying skills each week: Response Inhibition, Task Initiation, Planning/ Prioritization, Organization, Time Management, Attention, Flexibility of Thought, Emotional Control, and Self-Analysis. We will identify the skill and practice it with the overall goal of promoting self-awareness and strategies to improve executive functioning skills.