Executive Function Testing
Executive functions refer to key mental skills that are required for learning and paying attention. They help interpret information and remind you to finish tasks. When someone struggles with executive functioning, they can feel overwhelmed by tasks requiring planning, organization, time management, flexible thinking or remembering. In short, these skills help you to get things done.
If you’re in need of executive functions testing, CNLD Testing & Therapy has specialists on staff to assist you. Contact us at (734) 994-9466 to get started.
What Are Executive Functions? What Is EFD?
Think of executive functions as the CEO of the brain. Within any company, the CEO must keep everything running smoothly, integrating many different aspects of a company into an efficient and successful venture. Similarly, executive functions integrate different mental skills to run smoothly and efficiently.
Executive function problems are associated with a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders, including:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Mood Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Epilepsy, Seizures, Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders
- Closed Head or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia
Executive functions make sure that every day tasks are completed from start to finish. If you or your child have difficulties remembering deadlines at work or school, managing anger, organizing your desk, showing up for work or activities on time, or other day-to-day activities, you likely struggle with an executive function deficit (EFD).
How Executive Functions Testing Can Help
If you or someone within your family struggles with executive functions, a neuropsychological evaluation can help to better understand and pinpoint the specific mental skills that are impacted. We look at the client’s performance in areas which impact school, work or home life including:
- Behavior Regulation: The ability to inhibit yourself or “put the brakes on” in situations that need it. We also examine if a client can track the effect of their behavior on others or transition easily between activities.
- Emotional Control: The ability to shift behavior in a flexible manner and modulate emotional responses appropriately.
- Mental or Cognitive Control: The ability to “self-start,” stay organized and plan for the future. Can the client start tasks independently or check work effectively? Can they develop appropriate steps to attain goals and hold information in their mind in order to finish a task?
If you or someone you know has executive function problems, our clinic offers executive functions testing and executive functions coaching. We’ll help you find the root cause of the issues and show you what to do about them.