Individuals with different mental health diagnoses demonstrate executive functioning difficulties or what is clinically referred to as executive dysfunction. These diagnoses include, but are not limited to:
*Anxiety Disorders *Autism Spectrum Disorders
*Developmental Disorders, Conditions, And Syndromes
Executive dysfunction can negatively influence all areas of life including academic performance, social skills, and/or home life. Typically an individual with executive dysfunction presents a discrepancy between their cognitive aptitude and their academic performance. This is frustrating for teachers, parents, but most importantly for the individual.
As it relates to social engagements these individuals sometimes do not demonstrate appropriate self -awareness and therefore may not realize that their behaviors are negatively impacting those around them and turning people off.
Therefore the specific areas that the individual demonstrates executive dysfunction need to be identified and strategies and other compensation techniques incorporated into daily life to increase success academically, socially, and improve relationships and behaviors at home.