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Why Is It Difficult for Those with Autism to Complete Tasks or Meet Goals?

It is often difficult to for those with autism spectrum disorders to work towards goals. This difficulty can be explained by the inability to sustain problem solving capabilities—part of the job of our executive functioning system. In those with autism this system can be inhibited. Executive Dysfunction or a deficit …

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Three Core Deficits of Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism

Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, or Autism have difficulties/deficits/disabilities in three core aspects of brain functioning—three areas that come naturally or subconsciously to others.Often those with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty in areas that come naturally to other people. There are three core areas that those on the Autism Spectrum …

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Understanding Executive Dysfunction in Autism—5 Areas of Brain-Functioning that are Affected

There are five main areas that are affected by deficits with executive functioning, the higher-order processing that our brain uses to plan and execute complex tasks. These areas are in inhibitory control, non-working verbal memory, verbal working memory, emotional control, and planning and problem solving. Autistic individuals are affected to …

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I cannot read more than one book at a time!

I am beginning to suspect this is one of the reasons I had so much difficulty in school. Oh, I could do the work—above average I.Q. and all, I just cannot do it simultaneously. I cannot shift from one subject to the next, especially if one has caught my interest. …

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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 …

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Executive Function Fail

Last night while trying arrange my pillows just right to attempt to fall asleep, because it seems like I spend the whole night attempted to sleep, I started thinking about something I read on Musing of an Aspie’s blog last week. It is a post she entitled, Procrastination or Executive …

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The #Autistic College Student and Executive Dysfunction

An except from Twirling Naked in the Streets and No-One Noticed… My first semester at John Jay College of Criminal Justice went as smoothly as I could expect. I had no problems with the academics and had straight A’s across the board-easy peasy. I had thought that the college application …

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Executive Dysfunction and Goal Planning 101: Why Aspies Must Goal and Plan Differently.

Have goals, write them down, and then make a plan/road map to follow in order to accomplish them. If I had a nickel for each time I have been given this advice I would be retired in my dream place on the Amalfi coast in Italia. Now I am going …

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