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Therapy for Executive Functioning Difficulties  

What ages does the Center for CBT treat for executive functioning difficulties?

Kids, Teens, and Young Adults

What is executive functioning?

​Executive functioning refers to a variety of skills that assist us in our day-to-day living. These skills include attention, organization, time management, planning, and self-regulation. Executive functioning skills can be taught, learned, and mastered over time.

What might difficulties with executive functioning look like?

  • Difficulties with executive functioning often show up first in children’s schoolwork.

  • Some key signs that your child may be a good candidate for executive functioning treatment include: 

    • Not writing down homework assignments or not bringing home the necessary materials to complete the homework 

    • Difficulty with keeping track of belongings (e.g., losing papers/books, having a messy backpack, forgetting lunch box) 

    • Procrastination (i.e., rushing to complete assignments at the last minute, avoiding long-term projects)

    • Tardiness to school, practice, or other events

    • Missing or incomplete academic work 

  • Some key signs that your teenager may be a good candidate for executive functioning treatment include: 

    • ​Missing/late academic work

    • Procrastination on larger assignments

    • Late to school/sports/events

  • Some key signs that you (adult) may be a good candidate for executive functioning treatment include: 

    • Difficulty keeping track of appointments (work meetings, doctor’s appointments, etc.)

    • Difficulty paying bills on time 

    • Missing deadlines at work

    • Late planning for trips, events, meetings 

What does treatment for executive functioning look like? 


At the Center for CBT, our executive functioning specialists utilize only the most advanced techniques that are shown through repeated clinical trials to be the most effective strategies for improving executive functioning. Using a behaviorally focused, skills-based approach, our treatment entails working with children, teens, and young adults to create effective daily routines and habits that improve organization, time management, and planning. For kids and teens, parents and caregivers are heavily involved in the treatment and learn strategies that allow them to support treatment progress throughout and after treatment to make sure the treatment gains sustain.   

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