A Day in the Life of a Child with Executive Functioning Issues (Understood for learning & attention issues)


Some kids have a really tough time getting organized and starting tasks. Planning, focusing and using working memory can be big challenges too. Use this visual guide to see how executive functioning issues can affect a child’s daily life. Meet Josh, a sixth grader who has executive functioning issues. Executive functions work together to help the brain organize and act on information. They include:

  • Organizing, setting priorities and starting tasks
  • Focusing, shifting or sustaining attention and thinking flexibly
  • Regulating alertness and staying on task
  • Managing frustration and keeping emotions in check
  • Using working memory and recalling information
  • Self-monitoring and controlling impulses


ADD/ADHD Disability Characteristics Elementary High School Learning Disability Middle School Parent/Family Professional Resources Traumatic Brain Injury