What is an Executive Functioning Disorder and how is it manifested in children?
Executive functioning issues can vary greatly from one child to the next, so it isn’t possible to give broad generalizations about how children with these issues think. Laura Tagliareni, Ph.D., pediatric neuropsychologist in New York City and a clinical instructor at NYU Langone Medical Center, says:
It’s also important to note that children with executive functioning issues don’t necessarily “think” differently. What they struggle with is the process of coordinating, prioritizing or managing information needed to perform tasks successfully. (Trouble with executive functioning, or executive dysfunction, is often referred to as a “performance disability.”)
So even though kids with these issues may be highly intelligent, gifted, artistic, athletic or musically talented, they may struggle to complete seemingly simple tasks like remembering to turn in their homework.
Read more of Dr Tagliareni on this topic at: Executive Functioning Disorder and the Brain | Thinking Differently – Understood.