I’m totally ef’d!! Executive function disorder and language.

Nov 10, 17 I’m totally ef’d!! Executive function disorder and language.
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I’m totally ef’d!! Executive function disorder and language. Is it the way I talk that makes me confused or am I confused because of the way I talk?

In a previous post we discussed executive function disorder (or executive function deficit) basics. EFD is one of many disorders associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the most well known of the disorders that fall within the autism spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders. For many scholars and medical practitioners, EFD is considered more of a construct or associated symptom more so than a disorder on its own. It can be described as “a multidimensional construct involving skills such as attention control, behavioral inhibition and working memory, each important for the deliberate control of goal orientated actions” (Gooch, Thompson, Nash, Snowling, & Hulm, 2015). What this means is setting a goal and executing the steps necessary to accomplish that goal is difficult to say the least. Organizing the steps and prioritizing is laborious. Adjusting priorities to accommodate sudden changes is challenging.

The medical field has not reached a consensus on how to categorize EFD. There is also continued debate about what causes EFD. Some of the recent evidence suggests that language deficits and EFD are very closely related. Children in early childhood with language impairment are frequently noted to have significant executive function deficits (Henry, Messer, & Nash, 2012). It has also been found that language deficits can be a predictor for future executive function deficits. The reasons for this relationship between language and EFD may be causal. Researchers are not sure if a language deficit causes EFD or if EFD causes a language deficit, although there seems to be a a significant relationship between them. We cannot, however, rule out genetics and the relationship between genetic predisposition and developing both EFD and laguage deficits. In other words one may cause the other or the same genes may cause them both. It’s not entirely clear, but there is certainly room for additional research.

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