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ACPC Psychologists help students who struggle with Executive Function (EF) and may have a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, Learning difficulties, processing issues or no diagnosis.
These students generally experience difficulties in accessing some parts of the schooling curriculum particularly with tasks that require them to plan and organise information, work within specific time frames, making decisions, problem solving and thinking things through. This may lead to some difficulty in completing tasks, inattention, inability to stay on tasks; lacking motivation in completing their work, and other reported behaviours (e.g. experiencing organisational and concentration problems, inability to do parts of their work, inability to persist in tasks they do not understand, anxiety due to the overload).
Unfortunately, EF problems do impact these students as they often internalise their feelings and may describe themselves as 'dumb' or not 'smart enough' or 'lazy' or feel like they are a total 'failure' or pretend that they 'don't care' about school. Their EF problems can therefore prevent these students from reaching their goals, hinders their confidence not only in their learning potential but in their future pathways.
ACPC clinicians aim to guide these students through sessions by providing individualised tools that could help them manage their difficulties, whilst also offering support and education to their families and educators.
For further information about Execution Functioning, please see link here.
Students who struggle with Executive Function are those who struggle with school (homework, trouble staying on-task, disorganised, problems with time management, avoidant, resistant, forgetful, overwhelmed, etc.).
The following is a list of characteristics that these students may have:
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