According to LD Online, the formal definition of executive functioning is “a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal. It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.”

The skills that comprise executive functioning are not definitively agreed upon by educators and researchers. Psychologists Gerard A. Gioia, Peter K. Isquith, Steven C. Guy, and Lauren Kenworthy have identified, through their own research, a proposed list of executive functioning skills.

These skills include inhibition (the ability to self-regulate when presented with...

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    Jennifer Sullivan, M.S. is an educator who has presented nationally on educational issues such as supporting students with disabilities, technology, social inequality and gender. Jennifer has worked in both K-12 and higher education settings supporting families and students with disabilities. @jshighered

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