10 Common Differences in Teens with Executive Function Deficits

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Some individuals are born with executive function deficits. However, many parents don’t realize their child has executive function deficits until the child starts school. This is often due to the fact that as a child’s brain develops, the symptoms of executive function issues can change as well. Depending on which skills your child struggles with the most, you might see the following signs of executive function issues:

  1. Indecisiveness
  2. Easily distracted
  3. Difficulties starting a task
  4. Struggles with time-management
  5. Has trouble paying attention
  6. Has difficulties transitioning
  7. Struggles with impulse control
  8. Finds it hard to incorporate feedback into a task
  9. Needs directions repeated many times
  10. Needs help processing events and objects

If executive functioning is working properly, the brain is able to go through processes rather quickly to meet the demands of a task. However if an individual has weak executive skills, performing even a simple task can be a struggle. When an individual’s executive functioning isn’t performing as it should be, his or her behavior is less controlled, which in turn, affects his or her performance at work, school, and relationships.

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Vantage Point is a specialized offshoot of Aspiro Adventure, the program that pioneered wilderness adventure therapy. Vantage Point focuses on helping students with executive function disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders, among others.

The Vantage Point programs are designed to build self-efficacy in our students through overwhelming mastery experiences – our students accomplish goals they never believed possible, which creates a belief that they are capable of changing their own lives for the better. We focus specifically on social dynamics and social skills to help our students connect with others and feel like they can be a part of the world. Experiential Learning is a tenet of our philosophy and our program. Paired with ongoing individual therapy and targeting specific areas for growth, our wilderness therapy programs are proven successful by outcome studies and are overseen by experienced Field Guides and clinical professionals