When someone has problems with executive functioning, he may miss deadlines at school or work. She may not remember where she placed her keys on a regular basis. He may not be able to multitask or may have difficulty prioritizing assignments. She may blurt out answers in class or frequently interrupt others when they are talking. As a parent, you may find that you are constantly having to check to make sure your child completed his homework. As a spouse, you may become irritated that she's always looking for things at the last minute or that he's forgetting items at the grocery store even though you sent him with a list. Executive functioning weaknesses are frustrating for those who are experiencing the deficits, as well as those who live with them.
If any of the above resonates with you, a brief screening may be necessary. A screening allows me to assess whether these are executive functioning problems or if there is something else causing the concerns. Sometimes it is necessary to complete a comprehensive psychological evaluation in order to fully determine the severity or cause of executive function deficits. Additionally, testing may be helpful in receiving accommodations for more significant executive function problems. But once an appropriate assessment has been completed, I utilize a structured approach, or executive functioning skills training, to teach strategies to better manage time, prioritize and organize, self-monitor, and improve memory. Click the top button below for some great information on executive functions from Harvard University. Contact me by clicking the bottom button if you have any questions or would like to begin the process to see if executive functioning skills training would be right for you or your child.