Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning skills are the skills involved in setting goals, planning, and getting things done. They include working memory, cognitive flexibility, and inhibitory control, which includes self-control. These skills are responsible for many abilities, such as paying attention, organizing, planning, prioritizing, starting tasks and staying focused on them to completion, understanding different points of view, regulating emotions, and self-monitoring.

These skills usually develop quickly in early childhood and continue to develop into the mid-20s.

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