Screener: Could Your Child Have Executive Functioning Issues?

Working memory, a critical executive functioning skill, is how your child stores the information needed to complete tasks. Many children with ADHD and learning disabilities have working memory deficits. Take this screener to find out whether your child might be at risk.


Q1 : You ask your child to go upstairs, straighten his room, and bring his laundry down to the basement. He goes upstairs, gets distracted, and can't remember what he was supposed to do.

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Q2 : You ask your child to wait while you finish a phone call before he tells you something important. By the time you finish, he's forgotten what he wanted to say.

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Q3 : Your child forgets to bring home the materials and books needed to complete a homework assignment.

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Q4 : You ask your child who he played with at school. He remembers playing tag but not the names of the children he played with.

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Q5 : Your child misplaces pencils, crayons, workbook, homework papers, books, and any other item that isn't attached to her.

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Q6 : During parent teacher conferences, you are told that your child doesn't listen and doesn't follow instructions.

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Q7 : Your child has a hard time retelling the story that you just read to her and skips key details.

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Q8 : Your child has difficulty staying on task. She is easily sidetracked moving from one activity to another, without finishing any of them.

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Q9 : Your child has difficulty remembering all the steps required to solve a multi-step math or word problem.

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Q10 : Your child has difficulty keeping in mind all the elements required to participate in a team sport.

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There's a strong possibility that your child may have some working memory issues and possibly other executive function deficits. Print out these test results and speak to a medical or neuropsychology professional about an evaluation.
Your child might have some working memory issues and possibly other executive function deficits. You might want to discuss your concerns with your child's pediatrician and ask if there are ways to boost your child's working memory.
Your child might benefit from some working memory exercises. Print out these test results and speak to a medical or neuropsychology professional about an evaluation.
Your child probably doesn't have a working memory problem. Everyone forgets sometimes, especially during times of stress or when juggling multiple tasks. If you still have concerns, print out these test results and speak to a medical or neuropsychology professional about an evaluation.
Your child most likely does not have a working memory or executive function problem. If you still have concerns, print out these test results and speak to a medical or neuropsychology professional about an evaluation.


This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about your child's working memory or executive function see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through professional evaluation. Screener for personal use only.