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What Impairs Executive Functioning

On August 13, 2008 in

What Impairs ‘Executive Functioning’

of the ‘Frontal Brain Lobes’? 


The ‘Executive Function’ – ‘Frontal Lobe’ Connection 

Executive functioning is integrally connected with the frontal lobes of the brain. The frontal lobes govern the area of executive functioning; including attention, social conduct, emotional control, organization, time management, working memory and complex problem solving.

Deficits in frontal lobe performance and executive functioning can create a host of difficulties for individuals in both school (or career) and social situations, and in life in general; negatively impacting self-esteem, life view and anxiety levels. Thus, complicating matters even further, other serious conditions often co-occur with executive function deficits. For example: two thirds of children with ADHD have at least one other coexisting problem, such as depression or anxiety.

Accommodating students with complex cases of executive function deficits is critical! These children are at greater risk than their peers for a multitude of school problems, for example, failing a grade, skipping school, suspension, expulsion, and sometimes, dropping out of school and not going to college.

Executive Function Disorders:  are associated with a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, depression, schizophrenia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. Executive function deficits also appear to play a role in antisocial behavior, including aggression, oppositional defiance and conduct disorder.