Best of YouTube – Part 1: Executive Function

There are a lot of terrific videos on YouTube about issues having to do with learning differences. This is the first in a continuing series where we will take a look at some of the best videos that address a specific LD topic. Share them with others and spread the word!

Let’s look at some videos about executive function:

Sarah Ward gives a concise definition of executive function (starting at 2:08) and makes a strong case that executive function is as important as subjects like math, English, and science.

Anne Ginnett reminds us that, since everyone at some point has issues with executive function, everyone can benefit from learning executive function strategies. Acknowledging this helps remove some of the stigma from needing to learn executive function strategies. Ginnett also presents helpful background on executive function and brain function.

Dr. Russell Barkley makes a distinction between what he calls the automatic brain, which we use to conduct our daily lives, and the executive function brain, which is effortful in that we must exert effort to allow the executive function brain to step in and override the automatic brain. He explains how people who have trouble with executive function need to exert more effort to engage their executive function processes. Barkley recommends using strategies to make as many things as possible routine in a person’s life , lowering the amount of effort it takes for the executive function brain to override the automatic brain.

What do you think of these videos? If you have other video recommendations, please share them with us in the comments!

  • Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager