Executive Functions explained in an understandable and accessible way …and how they relate to ADHD, Autism, and other divergent brains.
Executive functions enable us to plan for the future, focus our attention, remember instructions or information, and regulate our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
While there is no single, accepted definition of executive functions (EFs), most experts agree that EFs are complex, and necessary for executing tasks in the service of accomplishing a goal.
Our Executive Functions are broken into roughly five categories:
- Inhibition (impulse control, self-regulation)
- Cognitive flexibility and problem-solving
- Working memory (hindsight and foresight)
- Organization and time management
- Emotional regulation
My latest article explains each of these categories and how they relate to everyday life.
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