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There is a great article you might enjoy reading: Executive Function—A New Lens Through Which to View Your Child. What I like the most about it is that it focuses on how a better understanding of your child's strengths can lead to figuring out ways to help him succeed.
Executive functioning is all of the thought processes that allow a person to "get along" in the world. It includes organizing and prioritizing work, getting started and following through to completion, focusing and sustaining attention, staying alert, managing emotions, using memory, and regulating when it is appropriate to take an action. Problems can occur in any part of executive functioning. While there is not any one test to find out about a person's executive functioning, there are some signs that it may be a problem.
The children I have worked with who have an executive functioning disorder have similar problems. In general, they have difficulty with a combination of the following.
Be aware that many of these children are very bright! In fact, several of the students I taught who had difficulty with executive functioning were extremely smart. They just had trouble pulling everything together. With assistance in these areas, they were very successful in school.