At this time, you probably wonder how to determine which of your teen’s executive functioning skills need the most urgent attention. A simple questionnaire is provided as the first activity to assist you in an easy way with the selection and prioritizing of which interventions to implement first, before moving on to the nitty-gritty of what to do and how to go about improving your teen’s EF skills and grades in a stress-free approach.
In general, the scores for each executive skill represents a standard of performance—also called a “rubric”—for each executive functioning skill. It relates to the questionnaire scores as follows:
- 0 – 3 total points for a skill: low/weakness (intervention is required with cues)
- 4 – 7 total points for a skill: beginning (some improvement already made, reduce cues but continue monitoring)
- 8 – 11 total points for a skill: developing (manage exceptions, fade out cues, encourage self-regulation)
- 12 – 15 total points for a skill: well-developed/strength (maintain, enhanced fine-tuning may be in order)
Now, use the questionnaire complete five questions for each different executive functioning skill. The scores will determine your child’s current performance and areas that require development first.
Download and print the executive functioning skills questionnaire here: Executive Functioning Skills Questionnaire
Think about your child’s regular performance in each area in the recent month and rate it according to the following scale:
Almost never (0) – Sometimes (1) – Frequently (2) – Almost always (3)
Write the score in each block provided on the sheet and add the scores for each different skill together to get a total score for that particular skill. When you have completed all the questions and calculated all the scores, write the skills down in the summary table, starting from the lowest, going to the highest.
Following the process going forward, your first priority will be in the area with the lowest score. If there are more than one skill with the same lowest score, select the area that you believe to present the most significant problems first.