Executive Function & ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity and inappropriate age behaviors. ADHD has been portrayed as a behavior problem mostly in boys. It was thought that the child was being hyper or not listening. We now know that it is just as common in girls and the main challenge is attention. This problem with attention translates to problems with executive function. 

The skills of executive function develop over time, from childhood into someone’s early 20s. Everyone develops at different rates; however those with ADHD may take 3-5 years longer than neurotypical children. While some challenges may decrease over time ADHD is a lifelong condition. One core executive function skill is self-control. This executive function is a crucial part of everyday life. This skill is needed for the entirety of one’s lifetime across multiple settings. Children with ADHD may have more impulse control challenges. They may speak out of turn or not be able to sit still for the expected amount of time. 

There are many interventions to treat ADHD and improve the executive functioning skills. If you know someone with ADHD or you expect to have ADHD, reach out to BraintFitU and we can customize the right plan for you or your child.