Why do some children, young people, and adults struggle to set goals and get things done?

Executive functioning abilities

These are skills and processes each of us uses every day to get things done and to plan what we need to do for activities in the future. (E.g., remember to buy paper for the printer today, so that I can print out my CV and post it tomorrow)

People use executive functioning skills to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details and managing time and space. These skills start to develop in early childhood and continue into early adulthood. Executive function challenges are often evident across an array of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder. Equally, executive functioning difficulties can present as a standalone challenge, which affect occupational performance and participation for children and adults.

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This webinar will help participants to:


Understand executive functioning skills and the impact on occupational performance

Increase their awareness of how executive functioning skills can influence children, young people’s and adult’s ability to plan, set goals, problem- solve, initiate and complete activities.

Discuss and recognise what executive functioning checklists or standardised assessments can be used with children, young people, adults, teachers, and parents.

Identify interventions and strategies that can be used to support children, young people’s and adults executive functioning skills and independence with everyday life.