What’s Uncommon About Common Sense? Ten Ways of Identifying Executive Dysfunction

I often say, pracitcing good Executive Function skills is like taking a daily shower. “No one compliments you for looking clean and smelling fresh, but it’s guaranteed that everyone will notice or even comment if one day you do smell bad.” In that vein, people are typically complimentary of those who are organized, goal-oriented, consistent, reliable, or independent. It’s when we have to ‘fix’ someone else’s faux pas and anticipate their mismanagement that we notice.

In my professional career as a Speech-Language Pathlogist, I have noticed that some individuals are naturally talented in the arena of being organized...