Executive functions enable us to function productively everyday. Specifically, they help us to...
- Analyze a task
- Plan how to address the task
- Organize the steps needed to carry out the task
- Develop timelines for completing the task
- Adjust or shift steps
- Complete the task in a timely way
When our executive functions fail, we have trouble analyzing, planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. People with EFD commonly lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self monitor, and balance tasks (like sports and academic demands).
[Self-Test: Could Your Child Have an Executive Function Deficit?]