Imagine a team without a coach guiding players toward working together to execute a winning strategy. Imagine a company without a leader to make sure that employees across departments are equipped and organized to collaborate on continually improving products and increasing sales. Imagine a marching band without a drum major to lead musicians through their complicated maneuvers while staying on beat.
brain’s executive function network performs in the same capacity as a
coach, CEO, or drum major: directing one’s thinking and cognitive
abilities toward setting goals and planning to achieve them,
establishing priorities, getting and staying organized, and focusing
attention on the task at hand. Now imagine trying to perform those
abilities if your brain’s executive functioning system wasn't working
effectively -- no coach to develop a game plan, no CEO to help you
organize your resources for accomplishing your goals, no drum major on
which to maintain your learning focus.
challenge facing students with attention deficit disorders, who in
effect struggle with executive dysfunction. As a former classroom
teacher and school psychologist, Donna worked with many youth who had
great difficulty with various executive functions.
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