Executive Function skills are the array of self-management skills that help us set and achieve goals. These cognitive skills mature over time and are often not fully developed until typical individuals are in their early to mid-twenties.
What are some key Executive Function skills?
- Managing emotions and impulses
- Organization of thoughts and materials
- Getting started (task initiation)
- Staying on track (not getting distracted or giving up)
- Remembering what to do and when to do it
- Time management
- Planning and prioritizing
- Problem-solving and flexible thinking
Children need these skills in their everyday lives as well as in school. Adults need Executive Function skills to effectively manage their family lives and career demands. Weaknesses in one or more of these areas can lead to poor performance in school or at work, difficulties with peers and other relationships, and frustration stemming from repeated failures to achieve goals.
There are a number of reasons children or adults can have weaknesses in Executive Functioning, including, but not limited to: ADHD, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, mental health challenges, trauma, or other learning differences. The first step to addressing these difficulties is through proper assessment by a professional. Executive functioning can be measured by means of assessment by a psychologist using a comprehensive approach consisting of standardized tests, observations, self-report, parent and/or teacher checklists and interview/intake information.
The good news is that Executive Function skills are teachable. In order to be effective, children and adults must be able to manage their emotions, focus attention, organize and plan their work and time, and reflect upon and revise their tactics as circumstances change. With expert guidance and structure, students and adults can learn to effectively manage themselves so that they are equipped for taking on challenges in school or in life.
We have partnered with Beyond BookSmart, the recognized leader in Executive Function coaching, to provide services to our clients at our offices in Delray Beach. Find out more below about how Beyond BookSmart teaches skills that lead to a lifetime of confidence and success.
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Many children and adults who have weak executive functioning skills are negatively impacted in all areas of life but fortunately through assessment and intervention, executive skills can be strengthened and compensatory strategies can be learned. When these skills are well developed, children and adults can better maximum their potential and future outcomes.
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The Center offers cutting edge therapy designed to get you on the road to a speedy recovery. We will help you to learn how to live your daily life free from the fears or compulsions that inhibit you or your child’s ability to complete each day’s tasks.
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The Center offers cutting edge therapy designed to get you on the road to a speedy recovery. We know that you can’t always make it into our office for your session. Which is why we now provide teletherapy. You can get support from the comfort of your own home. We offer cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, group therapy, and medication. Depending on your needs, here’s how you can get help now:
When it comes to anxiety or mood disorders we specialize in treating the whole person, not just your symptoms. In all of our programs your comfort, privacy and long-term success are paramount.