Published by Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Every day we take on the ordinary, sometimes challenging, tasks of work, school, parenting, relationships, and just managing our busy lives. How do we navigate these tasks successfully? And what can send us off course? Science offers an explanation. This 5-minute video explores the development […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Keath Low Executive functions are basically the management system of the brain. These mental functions which are thought to involve the frontal lobes of the brain help us organize and manage the many tasks in our daily life. The executive functions’ role is similar to a conductor’s role within an orchestra. The conductor manages, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By ADDitude What Are Executive Functions? Up to 90 percent of kids with ADHD also also have executive function challenges, many of which last into adulthood. But, what are your executive functions, exactly? Broadly speaking, executive function refers to the cognitive or mental abilities that people need to actively pursue goals. In other words, how we behave […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. Despite the many differences among children and adults with ADHD, there is one similarity shared by virtually all of them. Although they have considerable chronic difficulty in getting organized and getting started on many tasks, focusing their attention, sustaining their efforts, and utilizing their short-term working memory, all of those […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Russell Barkley, Ph.D There’s a lot of confusion around “executive function” — and how it relates to ADHD. Is ADHD an executive function disorder? Is every executive function disorder also ADHD? The answers hinge on what we mean by “executive functions” — and how they relate to self-regulation. The term “executive functioning” was coined […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Larry Silver, M.D. A child or an adult with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be hyperactive, inattentive, and/or impulsive. Clinicians have always understood hyperactivity and impulsivity. The understanding of inattention, though, has shifted from primarily “the inability to stay on task” to a broader concept called executive function disorder (EFD), which involves a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As the year winds down and we find ourselves eating more, spending more and thinking less, adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) need to work harder to control impulsive habits. “ADHD has three basic groups of symptoms: inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity,” says Dr Rykie Liebenberg, psychiatrist and convener of the South African ADHD Special […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Janice Rodden Experts recommend a range of strategies to help strengthen the areas of weakness that executive function disorder (EFD) creates. The first method uses occupational or speech therapists, psychologists, or reading tutors to learn how to work around problem areas. Cognitive behavioral therapy, used in combination with medication to treat any coexisting conditions […]Continue Reading... No Comments.