Executive functioning (or executive function) describes skills and mental processes that enables us to set goals, make plans, and manage daily life. Working memory, flexible thinking, self-control, and problem solving are all part of executive functioning. Some people with Down syndrome need additional support to learn and develop executive functioning and/or to access and use accommodations for executive functioning. Improving these skills can help individuals attain greater independence in a variety of areas including self-care, healthy living, school/work, household management/chores, and more.
We have compiled a list of resources below. The first set of resources provides general information about executive functioning. The second set of resources provides more specific information about executive functioning and Down syndrome.
One-page handout from Everyday Speech.
Article from Understood.org.
Guide from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
Resources on Executive Functioning and Down Syndrome
Short video (02:26) from the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.
Episode of the LowDown podcast from the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.
Webinar recording from the National Down Syndrome Congress. Scroll to the end of the page to find the recording.
Webinar recording from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Must be (or become) a member to watch the recording. PowerPoint slides can be accessed at no cost.