What is Executive Function?

Parents should already know that those on the Spectrum typically lack or are weak when it comes to Executive Function. But what is that? Starting with a Google Search, here is what I found out.

National Center for Learning Disabilities  has a good 2-page introduction, nice navigation features if your child is older, and several links that will help overcome or lessen the symptoms. The comments at the end are lengthy, but may give you insight into yourself and how you think, and can begin to sort out what strategy may work best for you.

Wikipedia also has some useful, but terse, scientific-slanted definition, and a number of psychology models if you want to delve into the scientific side of executive functions.

WebMD also has a good summary; here is an excerpt:

  • having difficulty with executive function includes trouble in:

    • planning projects
    • estimating how much time a project will take to complete
    • telling stories (verbally or in writing)
    • memorizing information
    • initiating activities or tasks
    • retaining information while doing something with it (for example, remembering a phone number while dialing)

With this in mind, there are ways to overcome organization and behaviour problems. Visual organization tools with a planner, calendar, and timer certainly will help. When it comes to regulation of behaviours, finding an effective reward and reinforcing the desired behaviour should help.

Here are a few more links, but don’t forget the Google Search!

Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control?


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About akutil86

Diagnosed with Aspergers at 34, this blog chronicles some of the life events I've gone through, and how I hope to help others on the Autism Spectrum. Posts that are personal opinions will be moving to another Wordpress site by the end of the year; for those looking for help with autism, I hope you will continue to visit and spread the word about the articles that most of the time are links to something I read. Please let me know what challenges you are facing, and I will do my best to address them. Thanks for reading my blog!
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