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How do I know if my child has problems with executive function?

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Problems with executive function can run in families. You may notice them when your child starts going to school. They can hurt the ability to start and finish schoolwork.

Warning signs that a child may be having problems with executive function include trouble in:

  • Planning projects
  • Estimating how much time a project will take to complete
  • Telling stories (verbally or in writing)
  • Memorizing
  • Starting activities or tasks
  • Remembering

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES:

National Center for Learning Disabilities: "What is Executive Function?"

Chan, R. , 2008. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Elliot, R. , 2003. British Medical Bulletin

University of California, San Francisco: "Brain 101: Topics in Neuroscience: Executive Functions."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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