Executive Functions are everyday behaviours associated with self regulation, problem solving and social interaction.

These include the following abilities:

  • Inhibit- to control impulses.
  • Shift- to move freely from one situation to another.
  • Emotional control- to modulate emotional responses appropriately.
  • Initiate- to begin a task or activity.
  • Working memory- to hold information in the mind for the purpose of completing a task.
  • Plan/Organise- to anticipate future events, set goals and develop appropriate steps ahead of the time.
  • Organisation of materials- to keep workspaces, play areas and materials in an orderly manner.
  • Monitor- to check work during or after finishing a task; being able to keep track of the effect of your own behaviour on others.