What is Executive Functioning and How Does it Impact Deficits on Learning and Behavior?

Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps an individual perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to and remembering details, and managing time and space.  If you have difficulty with executive function, these things are more challenging for you to do. An individual with deficits in executive functioning may also show a weakness with working memory.

Problems with executive function can run in families. They may become most apparent during a child’s grade school years, when they interfere with the ability to start and complete schoolwork on time.

A positive aspect of executive functioning is that the brain continues to develop well into adulthood. A person’s executive functions are shaped by physical changes but also by ongoing experiences. Early attention to problems with executive functioning can help children outgrow and compensate for weaknesses.  A credentialed ADHD Coach possesses the training and knowledge to assist an individual in developing these skills which the individual can use to overcome deficits in executive functioning.

About the Author

Roya Kravetz is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board-Certified Coach (BCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE), a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) with Mentor Coach LLC, and Certified Parent Educator (CPE) with the International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). While there are many life coaches out there, very few are accredited and board certified through the ICF and CCE. Roya specializes in educating and coaching individuals and families with ADHD and Executive Function challenges. She also has experience working with adoptive families who have children with ADHD. Roya has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is multi-lingual and coaches in English and Spanish.

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