When Executive Functions Falter and Fail

Executive functions are the skills that help us organize projects, manage processes, anticipate needs, and generally get stuff done. In children with ADHD, executive functions are typically weak on even the best day. Midway through the school year when interest and energy are waning, they can be downright terrible. Here's how parents can help.

Lost, Late or Burnt Out?

Does your child begin the school year excited and determined to do his best, but lose steam by second semester? Do you and teachers complain: “You’ve been at this for six months now, and you still don’t know what you’re doing?”
For the child who has ADHD and EF challenges, this is difficult to hear. Fortunately, new research on EFs clarifies the causes of “spring fever” in children and suggests strategies that bring relief.
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