What Are Executive Functions?

Executive functions are the self-regulating skills that we all use to accomplish tasks,
from getting dressed to doing homework. They include:

  • Planning
  • Organizing time and materials
  • Making decisions
  • Shifting from one situation to another
  • Controlling emotions
  • Learning from past mistakes

Most kids with ADHD have deficits in some executive functions, though not all children with executive function issues have ADHD.