Dyslexia & Dysgraphia
Universal Design for Learning
Learning is For Life
Written by Mary Pembleton
Based on a Webinar by Diana Petschauer
Trouble paying attention. Disorganization. Difficulty getting started.
These are just some of the signs that a child struggles with executive function deficits.
Executive function refers to the higher-level activities our brains must do to coordinate and manage our thinking and behavior. Executive function deficits can have many different causes: ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and brain injury are just a few.
Kids may feel frustrated, anxious, apathetic or ashamed when they lack one or more executive function skills. And educators and parents may not know the best way to offer support.
Executive function skills used in learning include:
Managing schoolwork without one or more of these skills isn’t easy. But students can learn and work effectively with the right support.
Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP, and Laurie McIntosh, MS, OTR/L, ATP, created an executive function tech toolkit for educators and their learners.
Their list below offers free and paid apps and extensions that help with focus, attention, organization, confidence, and independence.
Need more help with executive function? Watch Diana and Laurie’s Executive Function Toolkit Webinar for more resources and how to use the tools above.
Interested in learning more? Our Executive Function Toolkit Webinar offers detailed visual and audio explanations of how to use the tools listed above, along with further resources.