What is executive functioning?
Executive functioning refers to the skills that allow us to organize, plan, problem solve, inhibit responses, transition between tasks, and monitor work and other behaviors.
There is no single cause for executive dysfunction. The most common reason for a child to struggle with executive functioning is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). There is a genetic predisposition for ADHD and thus a predisposition for executive dysfunction as well. There are also numerous medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injury or stroke which can cause various executive functioning impairments.
Our approach to executive functioning at North Shore Pediatric Therapy
At North Shore Pediatric Therapy, we take a multidisciplinary approach to treating executive functioning impairment. The first step is typically a consultation or evaluation with a neuropsychologist to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses in the area of executive function. Following the evaluation your child would most likely be referred to work with either an Applied Behavior Analyst, Occupational Therapist or Academic Specialist who is trained in executive functioning; in conjunction with you, and your child’s school/teacher, the therapist would assist in developing the most appropriate strategies for your child. Clinical treatment would focus on introducing the strategies to your child, practicing strategies in the clinic and then helping them to generalize for use in other settings.
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