EXECUTIVE SKILL FUNCTIONS
from Ellen Bouchard
The prefrontal lobe is responsible for being able to function at
this level of daily performance
The prefrontal lobe does not complete its development until
adolescence is completed
Executive skill functioning means being able to self-regulate one’s
behavior, set goals, initiate goal-directed behavior by making a plan
to reach a goal, follow through with the plan, evaluate the success or
failure of the plan to determine what and how to identify the next
Being able to perform at this highest level of functioning requires
one's ability to problem solve, organize, plan and sequence behavior,
and control impulsivity and inappropriate behaviors that would
interfere with success.
A person with a head injury may be challenged at one or more stages
of executive skill functioning.
Often, head injured persons are unaware of their deficits. Often,
they are people with poor insight. Therefore, they would be unable to
self-evaluate their performance.