Executive Functioning Skills Fact Sheet

In this quick fact sheet, CNNH Neuropsychologist Hilary Murphy, PhD explains what executive functioning is, different executive functioning skills, and what these skills may look like or how they may be used in a home or school setting. It’s important to note that the significance of these skills increases with age as individuals are expected to take on additional academic and social responsibilities.

Neuropsychological evaluations at CNNH NeuroHealth can assess for weaknesses in executive functioning and inform treatment planning. Click the link below to learn more about our neuropsychology services!

Dr. Murphy has extensive experience evaluating children, adolescents, and young adults and her areas of expertise include Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, executive functioning, and other specific learning disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, epilepsy, neuro-oncology and late effects of chemotherapy, stroke, and developmental disabilities.

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Back to School: Warning Signs for Developmental Dyslexia

It’s back to school for your young child! Not recognizing that your child has developmental dyslexia could severely impair their academic progress. Review this short list of warning signs and consider obtaining an evaluation for dyslexia if your child exhibits a number of these signs.

Before Kindergarten:

  • Early Language Delays
  • Difficulty Learning Letters and their Sounds
  • Difficulty with Recognition of Rhyming Patterns
  • Difficulty Learning Colors, Shapes or Numbers
  • Persistent Problems with Articulation
  • Persistent Problems with Blending of Sounds
  • Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

In the School Age Child:

  • Difficulty with Counting the Number of Syllables in Words
  • Difficulty Taking Words Apart
  • Making Reading Guesses Based on the First Letter of a Word
  • Mistakes on Little Sight Words
  • No Strategy for Reading Unfamiliar Words
  • Spelling Difficulties, Especially Outside of Tests
  • Listening Comprehension Better Than Reading Comprehension
  • Reluctance to Read Out Loud in Class
  • Slow, Word by Word Reading
  • Poor Writing Skills
  • Mispronunciation of Long/Unfamiliar Words

 

 

 

 

 
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Behavior Analysts Offer Quick Homework Tips

Having trouble getting your child motived to their homework?

Try these quick homework tips:

  • Offer Choices – Kids love to know they have some of the decision-making abilities. Allow your child to pick which subject he wants to complete first.
  • Allow Time for Breaks- Nobody wants to do more work when they get home. Offer opportunities to take a short break, especially during those not-so fun subjects!
  • Monitor progress- Homework should be completed in an area that has only minimum distractions, but a bedroom may not be the best area for your child. Have a consistent area in the home in which you can monitor your child’s progress and be available to offer help when needed.
  • Motivate- Have something fun available after your child has completed his homework. This may include taking a walk, playing outside in the yard, watching a TV show, or playing a game with family members.