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Dr. Greg Slomka discusses the executive function as it applies to attention deficit disorder.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of executive functioning
  • Draw accurate functional correlations between advances in cognitive and academic ability as compared to executive functioning and age and adaptational expectations
  • Improve assessment strategies used in the evaluation of executive functioning
  • Recognize neuropsychiatric conditions in which executive dysfunction is likely to cause functional impairment

Reading Resources:

  1. Barkley, Russell (2012). Executive Functions: What They Are; How They Work, and Why They Evolved. New York: Guilford Press.
  2. Kaufman, Christopher (2010). Executive Function in the Classroom; Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students. Baltimore: Paul H. Brooks.
  3. Diamond, Adele (2005) Attention-deficit disorder (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder without hyperactivity); a neurobiologically and behaviorally distinct disorder from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (with hyperactivity). Developmental Psychopathology; 17 (3): 807-825


Dr. Slomka has no relevant relationships with any entities producing health care goods or services.

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.1) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.0 contact hour.

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Release Date: 1/9/2014 | Last Modified On: 1/9/2014 | Expires: 1/9/2015

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