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Weak Central Coherence and Executive Function: Why I get nothing done!

Yesterday I spent the entire day working but getting nothing done. Yes, you are seeing this right; I piddled with my computer and got distracted, was at a loss for words, and accomplishing nothing! Well, nothing meaning not what I intended or needed to accomplish. I was continually getting myself lost on the way to a thought.

I started to write an article, and then realized I wanted to read my son’s diagnosis reports that were sent to us from the psychologist. I had grabbed them off the table in the living room earlier in the morning, and thought I put them on my desk. But—if I had, then they would have been sitting right in front of me on the desk, and they were not. I misplaced the diagnosis! What had I done with them, where did I go?

I walked into the kitchen and found them sitting on the counter right outside the door to the laundry room, and then I got distracted by the clothes in the laundry room that needed folding. I folded the clothes, and transferred a load of wet clothes from the washer to the dryer (dang it, I need to do that right now too—see what I mean?). By the time I was done, I forgot what I was going to write.

Determined to get my wandering mind back on track, I sat at the computer; then the baby started to cry. Baby was fed, changed, dressed, and then I remembered that I had an appointment at noon. I had better get in the shower and get dressed—where had the morning gone? The rest of my day went along much the same way, which got me thinking. What is the problem?—weak central coherence and executive dysfunction strikes again!

Today, I am immeasurably more focused, mainly attributed to my resuming my Adderall that I was unable to take while pregnant. The Adderall definitely helps me with my focus and improves my executive functioning allowing me to write for answers.com article, Autism and Central Coherence: Missing the Forest for the Trees, which I thought I would share with you all today.

Thoughts? I’m all ears! (Look at me using idioms—progress obtained!) Now back to work…

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Jeannie Davide-Rivera

Jeannie is an award-winning author, the Answers.com Autism Category Expert, contributes to Autism Parenting Magazine, and the Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She lives in New York with her husband and four sons, on the autism spectrum.