Executive Functioning Therapy


Executive functioning involves a set of high-order skills that guide everything we do. Abilities such as organization, multi-tasking, mindfulness, planning, and timely completion of tasks are prime examples of executive functioning skills that help an individual thrive and achieve success in their personal and professional lives.

It is not uncommon for individuals who suffer from ADHD, depression, dementia or other cognitive disorders to struggle with their executive functions, which can have drastic impacts in academic and professional endeavours as well as interpersonal relationships. Fortunately, these skills can be trained and steadily improved through therapy, helping patients overcome their struggles.


What Is Executive Functioning Therapy?

Occupational therapy for executive dysfunction disorder involves different strategies aimed to train and develop the high order skills needed for daily life. Since executive dysfunction can be a symptom of different disorders, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Instead, therapists work closely with their patients to find the methods most suitable for each individual case.

Our educational specialist has a Master’s degree in educational consulting with specialized training in executive functioning for children, adolescents, and adults. She works closely with our team and collaborates closely with the family and teachers to offer your child an exceptional platform of tools and strategies to overcome executive functioning struggles in order to thrive in the school, college, home, and work setting.

Signs Of Executive Dysfunction

Most people will experience executive dysfunction at some point, fatigue, stress, poor sleep hygiene and boredom are common culprits for such phenomena. Ever lost your sunglasses just to realize they were on your head the whole time? That’s an example of executive dysfunction. However, this doesn’t mean you have an underlying condition to be treated, treatment becomes necessary when these issues start to hinder your daily life.

These are some common signs that there might be an underlying issue:

  • Chronic lack of focus
  • Frequent trouble multi-tasking
  • Impulsive behaviour
  • Trouble with organization and planning. Maybe you always forget things when you’re leaving the house and have to return several times.
  • Low motivation
  • Chronic procrastination
  • Struggling to regain focus after sudden interruptions. For example, taking 20 minutes to get back to work after receiving a text message.

If these issues persist over time, significantly intrude in your daily life and don’t seem to get better with rest, consider reaching out.

Our Training Strategies and Tools

Occupational therapy for executive dysfunction can take many forms, these are just some of the practices our team of professionals may try in order to help those in need:

  • Self Assessment of strengths and weaknesses
  • Metacognition and learning about learning
  • Growth mindset, grit, and cognitive flexibility
  • Mindfulness, emotions, and learning
  • Cognitive distortions and negative thoughts
  • Building and changing habits
  • Time management, task initiation, and procrastination
  • Organizing, prioritizing, and problem-solving
  • Impulse control, focus, and attention

Find Executive Dysfunction Therapy in San Diego

If you or someone you love is struggling with responsibility, time management, procrastination or any other issues mentioned above, do not hesitate to reach out. We can help them gain the skills needed to overcome their difficulties and thrive in their future endeavours.

Our educational specialist will work with them personally to transform daily life habits, motivation, and skills sets to achieve success and perseverance. Our specialist also works closely with teachers, managers, family members, and the Aspiring Families team for collaborative and comprehensive care.