In this section
Monitoring and insight
skills enable people to think about, evaluate and anticipate the
consequences of their actions. Sometimes these skills are affected
by a brain injury.
There are a collection of
cognitive, or thinking, skills that are often discussed as a group
and called 'higher level thinking skills' or 'executive functions'. These skills include
monitoring and insight. These skills help people
to reflect, evaluate and anticipate the consequences of their
actions so they can work effectively and interact appropriately
The following list outlines
some of the common difficulties that could indicate problems in this area. These difficulties would tend to be seen on an everyday basis.
monitoring and insight, as well as other cognitive difficulties,
are formally identified by having a neuropsychological assessment.
A neuropsychologist can help develop compensatory
and management strategies that are suitable for each individual
child and their particular cognitive strengths and weaknesses. A
clinical psychologist may also be able to provide individual
strategies to help a child or adolescent cope with monitoring and
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