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Nelson Prairie
Elementary School
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Dr. Elizabeth Power
Psychologist - Nelson Campus
epower@nlsd122.org

Attention & Executive Function Deficits

Many children struggle to pay attention or keep themselves regulated during the school day. When children exhibit a significant struggle with attention or hyperactivity, to the point of symptoms impacting the quality of functioning in various settings, they may meet the criteria of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, just because a child exhibits problems with attention or increased hyperactivity, does not necessarily mean that they have ADHD. Many children respond to interventions and supports that can be put in place at home and school.

Additionally, many children may have deficits in executive function. Executive function refers to a group of brain processes that help you complete goal-oriented tasks. Some examples of executive function include organization, planning, impulse control, and working memory. Just as children with attention or hyperactivity deficits respond to certain interventions, there are many strategies to attempt for EF difficulties. Click on the links below for more information.

Attention

Hyperactivity

Impulsivity

Organization

Work Completion