Executive Function

Happy Memorial Day. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For May is Better Speech and Hearing Month we have more speech, language, and voice trivia questions.

1. Speech-language pathologists can work in which of the following settings:

A. Schools
B. Armed Forces
C. Hospitals
D. Rehabilitation Facilities
E. All of the above

2. Colin Firth starred in this movie about King George VI, who famously stuttered throughout his life….

_________ _______________ ________________

3. This famous actress/singer suffered an “ill-fated” vocal cord operation and as a result her vocal range is “a fragile alto” now.
(Hint: She starred in “The Sound of Music”)

________________ ________________________

4. Which famous late night talk show host has Bachelor of Arts in speech-language pathology?

A. Jay Leno
B. Jimmy Kimmel
C. Jimmy Fallon
D. David Letterman

5. Boys are 5 times more likely than girls to have autism.
True False

6. About how many children with autism do not speak?

A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 30%
D. 40%

7. Children on the autism spectrum have a marked impairment in the use of nonverbal cues such as eye to eye gaze, facial expression, body posture and gestures to regulate social interaction.
True False

8. How many people have communication disorders in the United States today?

A. 100, 000
B. 10 million
C. 40 million
D. 20 million

8. How many Americans have some degree of hearing loss?

A. 1 million
B. 10 million
C. 20 million
D. 36 million\

10. About how many children have noticeable speech disorders by 1st grade?

A. 1%
B. 2%
C. 5%
D. 4%

11. Poor communication skills can lead to problems in…

A. Participating in classroom instruction
B. Developing and maintaining relationships
C. Understanding classroom instruction
D. All of the above


By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist


Executive Function refers to a set of self-management skills including goal creating, planning, prioritizing, problem solving, and self-monitoring.

Problems with executive function may impact your child’s language skills, academics, and/or social skills. With treatment, your child can acquire the tools to meet life’s varying demands.  Following through with treatment recommendations at home helps your child learn to apply these skills in different environments.

One way to address basic executive function skills in the home is to begin with goal creation and planning in fun, motivating activities.  For young children, try asking them what they are going to make before playing with playdoh or the toy kitchen; this encourages goal creation and early planning.  School-age children would benefit from activities that require multi-step planning such as cooking simple recipes (with adult help) or making crafts.  Once your child has decided what to make (goal creation), guide them through each step of planning including collecting materials, identifying the steps necessary to complete the task, and estimating the amount of time needed.

Remember to have fun!  Watching a goal (no matter how small) come to fruition may be a great source of pride and encouragement for a child who has difficulty completing tasks.