We learned in our last blog post that Executive Functioning involves the ability to establish a goal, break it down into steps, and complete the task. The complexity of the goals and steps to completion vary by age. Let’s take a look at the Executive Functioning skills that should be firmly in place as a child grows and matures.
Executive Functioning By Grade Level:
- Preschool: can follow one to two step simple directions, such as putting their lunchbox away, putting shoes in their room, cleaning up toys, simple chores
- Kindergarten – 2nd: can follow two or three step directions, complete short homework assignments, can keep track of papers for parents to sign, clean up their bedroom
- 3rd – 5th: can remember to do something after school, can complete chores that last 15-30 minutes (setting the table, clean up after dinner, homework assignments)
- 6th-8th: can complete higher level chores, can master daily responsibilities and weekly responsibilities, such as washing their own clothes, putting their own laundry away
- 9th—12th: can manage school work by studying for their own tests, creating their own schedule for long term projects, and setting goals for beyond high school
We like to use our own formula of IQ (Intelligence Quotient) + EQ (Emotional Quotient) = LQ (Learning Quotient). Without Executive Functioning Skills, you cannot function at your optimal level, and will be less likely to participate with others.
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