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Executive Functioning

What are Executive Functioning Skills:

The brain of human beings is designed to accomplish goals and smaller tasks by utilizing an extremely sophisticated set of cognitive skills referred to as Executive Functioning skills. What is Executive Functioning? This topic relates to three general areas:
  • Memory
  • Organization
  • Time Management
Then there are eleven sub skills the brain uses to help us determine which set of stimulus we need to pay attention to in order to complete a short task or a long-term goal.

What you might see in individuals with an Executive Functioning deficit:

  • Difficulty with filtering out unneeded information
  • Problems with attention- divided, sustained, selective, and alternating attention
  • Lack of organizational skills both internally and externally
  • Often forgets what they were doing
  • Difficulty with managing time, completing work in a timely manner
  • Inability to evaluate their own actions or how their actions may have been a part of a broader problem
  • Rigid or narrow thinking
  • Emotional reactions that do not fit the size of the problem or are either immature or overly mature for their age
  • Difficulty with thinking before acting and/or inhibiting a reaction
  • Having great ideas but can not seem to take the steps needed to get the job done
  • Using persistence in the face of obstacles

What I do:

  • Assess for Executive Functioning deficits
  • Create a plan on remediating or training
  • Provide training, education and support to learn these skill