How Executive Dysfunction Impacts Daily Life

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:
  1. Inhibition (impulse control, self-regulation)
  2. Cognitive flexibility and problem-solving
  3. Working memory (hindsight and foresight)
  4. Organization and time management
  5. Emotional regulation

My latest article explains each of these categories and how they relate to everyday life. 

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Published by Jillian ADHD 2e MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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