Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

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Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

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One of the sets of functions that our brains perform are referred to as executive functions. Executive functions are the directive capacities of our minds. They are how we direct and control our perceptions, thoughts, actions, and even emotions. The effects of executive functions can often be seen in a classroom setting, as when students can’t get started on an assignment, or get distracted, or just forget to turn in their homework. Those behaviors can seem like sloppiness or lack of motivation, but are often due to executive functions that are not as well developed as they need to be. The effects of executive functions also show up in academic performance and are critical to key reading processes. This webinar examines the role of executive functions in reading — in decoding, fluency, and most importantly, comprehension. It also includes demonstrations of programs that develop executive functions in ways that translate to improved reading ability.