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Understanding Executive Function and Learning Disabilities

By Ian Matheson and Jeffrey MacCormack With the incredible demands we face as educators, it can be difficult to stay on top of research about our students. It seems like there is a new scientific term every year as we learn more and more about the human brain. Research in the cognitive and neurological sciences [...]

By |September 17th, 2015|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Executive Function

Executive Function Executive functions (EFs) are defined and discussed, with regard to their impact on student behaviour, in the Ministry of Education’s document, Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario: Supporting Students with Special Education Needs Through Progressive Discipline, Kindergarten to Grade 12 [1]. “The term “executive function” is used to describe a set of cognitive [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Comments Off on Executive Function
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Activated Learning for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Mainstream, Whole-Class, Executive Function Intervention that is Necessary for Some and Good for All

“Activated Learning” (AL), also called the “EFs2theRescue Pedagogy” in Guare and Dawson’s 3rd edition of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, is an adaptive executive function (EF) intervention that aims...

By |July 9th, 2018|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What are Executive Functions?

What are Executive Functions? According to the Ministry of Education of Ontario’s research monograph #63, Executive function emphasizes higher-order meta-cognitive skills, including working memory (the ability to hold and work with information for short periods of time), inhibitory control (the ability to manage and filter thoughts and impulses), and cognitive flexibility (the ability to switch mental gears) (Tranter & Kerr, 2016). [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Comments Off on What are Executive Functions?

Executive Functions & LDs

How do Executive Functions Relate to Learning Disabilities? In Ontario, diagnosis of LDs is based on the psychological processes that are responsible for learning, including processing speed, memory, attention, phonological processing, and visual-motor skills, among others. For example, a psychoeducational assessment may conclude that a student has difficulties with phonological awareness, causing issues in spelling. [...]

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Executive Functions

Executive Functions and LDs ‘Executive functions’ is a term used to describe the many different cognitive processes that students use to control their behaviour and to connect past experience with present action. Students rely on executive functions to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and [...]

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Executive Functions

Executive Functions ‘Executive functions’ is a term used to describe the many different cognitive processes that students use to control their behavior and to connect past experience with present action. Students rely on executive functions to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space. Executive [...]

By |June 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Executive Functions
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WEBINAR RECORDING: Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills in the Classroom

...of executive functioning needs and their impact on academic and behavioural success. The presentation also highlighted the brain areas associated with executive function, the developmental progression of executive functioning, and...

Executive Functioning Explained: Recognizing, Understanding, Supporting

...students who seem to have difficulties in executive functions, have I considered their developmental age and other socio-emotional factors that may influence their executive functioning? In order to put my...

By |January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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Adapted Webinar: Beyond “Lazy” and “Unmotivated” – Why Educators Need to Know about Executive Skills

...on. The co-author of Smart but Scattered and other books on executive skills explains the executive skills framework she’s been working with for over 20 years—why it’s a better way...

By |November 4th, 2019|Categories: Executive Function|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments