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Executive Functioning Disorder


The Executive Function System is one of several systems in the brain. Executive functioning allows us to access information, think about solutions, and implement those solutions.  The system is responsible for higher order processes that enable us to plan, sequence, initiate and sustain our behavior toward some goal, incorporate feedback and make adjustments.  Characteristics of Executive Functioning Disorder may include difficulty with organizational skills, planning, future-oriented behavior, self-regulation, selective attention, maintenance of attention or vigilance, inhibition and creativity.  Executive functions are necessary for goal-directed behavior. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel tasks and situations. Executive functions allow us to anticipate outcomes and adapt to changing situations. The ability to form concepts and think abstractly are often considered components of executive function.

Information taken from www.minddisorders.com and www.dowerandassociates.com