Executive Function 

Executive function, well explained here, is critical to all facets of everyday life. In other words, it is central to independence and greater participation in society at large. Problems with executive function are present in many intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with such conditions as autism and ADHD. Here is a well-researched post on executive function and what it means.

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The chances are that unless you have (or a family member has) a diagnosis detailing executive function difficulties, or you are an experienced clinical practitioner, assessor or special needs educator, you may not have heard of executive function (EF) at all. As part of a research project in the summer of 2016, I conducted an online survey of teachers to gauge their knowledge and understanding of a range of learning needs: executive function difficulty was the least well known by the 170 respondents. Research shows that students with specific learning difficulties are likely to have executive function challenges. Based on published prevalence figures it is statistically very probable that every mainstream class will include a number of pupils with executive function difficulties.

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