Executive Functioning Skills

Executive functioning skills are the mental processes that enable us to manage our daily lives well, through our behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. These skills allow us to accomplish what we need to, to succeed in life, and to realize and actualize our own dreams and goals. We use these skills moment to moment every day.

 

Ruth specializes in the following skill sets: 

  • Working memory (short term and long term)

    • keeping new information in thought and memory and using it in various and new ways​​

    • affects learning in many ways

  • Flexible thought

    • understand and open to different points of view

    • new and different ways of doing things

    • adaptability 

  • Self control, emotional control

  • Problem solving and coping skills

  • Decision making

  • Perception and reflection

  • Self monitoring

  • Achieving goals

  • Planning and time management

  • Prioritizing 

  • Organization

  • Follow through of tasks to completion

  • Paying attention, focus

  • Following directions

  • Self motivation

  • Muti-tasking

  • Abstract thinking and critical thinking

Executive functioning skills are all learned behaviors and skills and can be taught at any age. Behaviors and feelings come from thoughts, from what we tell ourselves. So training in this area involves challenging and changing unhelpful and unhealthy thinking.

These challenges are also commonly seen in individuals who have a specific learning disability, ADD, ADHD, behavior or emotional disorders or difficulties, and/or substance abuse, all of which Ruth is highly experienced, educated, and specialized in.

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