What Is Executive Function Disorder?

Executive Function skills impact both spoken and written language.  These skills are the control center which allow us to analyze a task, plan for it, organize the steps and then execute the task successfully. While these skills are critical to academic success, they also play a key role in social conversations, which require the ability to maintain and update information as the conversation progresses, inhibit distracting stimuli to stay on topic and formulate relevant ideas to respond appropriately to conversational partners.

Children and adults with Executive Function Disorder have a pattern of chronic difficulties in executing daily tasks. Generally the problems center around analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks on deadline. Individuals with EFD misplace papers, reports and other school or work-related materials. Keeping track of personal items or organizing the bedroom or desk is a huge challenge. And no matter how good their intentions or how hard they try, they cannot succeed.

What Are Signs Of Executive Function Disorder?

Executive dysfunction can occur with ADHD and other learning disorders or can be a stand-alone diagnosis. Around the time of puberty, the frontal part of the cortex of the brain matures, allowing individuals to perform higher-level tasks like those required in an executive position including analyzing, organizing, deciding and executing it, on deadline.

We all, at times, may fall short on these skills. A messy desk is not significant in itself. However, if these behaviors are impacting academic, social or job-related success then it might be time to seek help.

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Four Revealing Signs

  • Difficulty in shifting gears between tasks, especially when learning a new skill
  • Inability to meet reasonable deadlines
  • Rigid thinking and trouble examining issues from different perspectives
  • Extraordinarily disorganized desk, room, backpack or car

How Can Great Speech Help?

Organizational skills and time management tips as well as creating an environment programmed for success can be taught and reinforced. Online speech therapy works particularly well for Executive Function Disorder since the remediation process takes place in the individual’s home or place of work.

Schedule an introductory call to discuss how a licensed speech and language pathologist can help you achieve your goals.

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Program Highlights Include:

  • Prioritizing tasks
  • Setting goals
  • Increasing attention and promoting mindfulness
  • Improving listening and organization skills
  • Learning to take initiative and balance priorities
  • Building confidence

Intensive Program Frequency of Services Recommended:

This individualized program entails a high intensity approach (much like a bootcamp), offered for 3 sessions per week for 45-minutes, for 6 weeks. Executive Functioning skills are critical for academic success, play a key role in social interaction and impact both oral and written communication.

For more information schedule an introductory call to chat with a team member.

“Great Speech has helped my son function so much better in school, both academically and socially. His backpack is neater, his assignments are handed in on time and his thought process is becoming more flexible.”

Sofia H., 38, San Antonio, Tx

“Thanks to my Great Speech therapist, I can see the top of my desk. My supervisor has complimented me on meeting all of my deadlines and I feel a sense of control over my work and my life.”

Fernandez G., 24, Nashville, Tn