Executive Functioning Disorder (EFD)…What does this mean???

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When people here the term Executive Functioning (EFD), it can trigger several different responses.  The light bulb can go off in some people’s heads while other are skeptical about its diagnosis. I hear things like  kids just need to work harder or this is just another made-up disease. Well I wouldn’t quite categorize this as a disease, but it definitely has an impact personally, professionally, and educationally.

So what is EFD? It can specifically be diagnosed as one’s ability to plan, initiate, sequence, monitor and inhibit goal directed behavior. In other words, on a specific task, can an individual lay out a plan of action, execute the plan and finish what was started. With EFD, my professional experience has led me to believe that the initiation aspect of it gives the most problems.

Asking someone with EFD to finish even the easiest tasks can be like pulling teeth. It is like asking the individual to eat a whole steak without cutting into small and more manageable pieces.  Additionally, adverse coping strategies may develop. This leads to the typical homework and chore fights often encountered by my clients. Avoidance becomes the ultimate goal.

Treatment for EFD is not easy. Identification of how it impacts the individual are a starting point. Every one of my clients has it impact him or her in different ways. For example, one of my clients can start a task but not finish while another.one cannot start a task but will do great once the item at hand is started.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit www.adhdcoachchicago.com. To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit www.carrolleducationalgroup.com and www.iepexperts.com. I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at jonathan@adhdefcoach.com or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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