What is executive functioning?

Executive functioning is a set of cognitive processes associated with self-regulation. It involves skills like:

  • Initiative
  • Planning goal-directed behavior
  • Organization
  • Prioritization
  • Problem-solving in novel situations
  • Effective decision-making
  • Inhibition of maladaptive responses
  • Behavioral flexibility
  • Working memory
  • Emotional control
  • Focus
  • Time management
  • Management of distractions
  • Sustaining motivation across time
  • Error detection and correction
  • Shifting between different tasks

Executive function deficits can create serious challenges. Difficulties with self-regulation can impair an individual’s ability to attain their goals in complex environments. Fortunately, executive function coaching is available.

Local Coaches

Robyn Parks, CPC, ACC, CACP
Certified Executive Function Coach
500 York Road, Towson, MD 21204