Executive functioning refers to a set of cognitive processes and mental skills that are essential for goal-directed behavior, problem-solving, decision-making, and self-regulation. It involves higher-order cognitive functions that help individuals plan, organize, initiate, monitor, and adjust their behaviors in order to achieve specific goals or tasks. Executive functioning is crucial for managing time, attention, and resources effectively, as well as for controlling impulses and emotions.
Our clinic sees a high population of individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which is a developmental delay of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, which houses our “executive functions.”
We aim to teach skills to parents and utilize skill building sessions for kids to practice strengthening these “brain muscles” to help with behavioral responses, regulating emotions, managing impulsivity and self awareness. Executive functioning skills can be developed and improved through strategies, accommodations, and targeted interventions
Behavioral Consultation is different from therapy, as it aims strictly to observe and discuss behaviors, design and implement interventions to increase desired behaviors and decrease maladaptive behaviors. This is often helpful for parents of children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injuries or other neurodevelopmental disorders.