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Executive Functioning

Does My Child Need Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Written by Vibha Pathak, Occupational Therapist, OTD, OTR/L

Every morning Marsha, age 10, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and it is a battle to get to school on time.

After multiple reminders to brush her teeth, change her clothes, eat her breakfast and pack her school bag, Marsha drags her feet and asks her mom if she can stay home today. Read more ›

Best Classroom Practices to Support Growth of Executive Function Skills in Students [presentation] [video]

In this session for educators, Cindy Lopez, Director of Community Connections at CHC and Founding Head of Sand Hill School, discusses the best classroom practices to nurture the growth of Executive Function skills in your students (grades 4-8). You’ll learn about practical ways to structure and set up your classroom to support students’ management of time and materials, so that they can learn more effectively. Read more ›

Research Results: Lasting Gains from Preschool

A new longitudinal study by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, published in the journal Child Development, connects the dots between gains in early academic and self-regulatory skills made in preschool and, years later, grades in high school. Broadly, it suggests that providing support for preschool teachers in low-income settings can benefit children in ways that last into high school. Read more ›

Building Executive Function Skills in Elementary School Students

Teachers can help students improve skills like inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility by explicitly connecting them to popular games—and then letting students play. Read more ›

Executive Function Every Day

Your child tends to forget things, has difficulty listening to and following instructions, working independently, and completing tasks. She struggles with setting priorities and resisting impulses. Sound familiar? Your child may be struggling with executive function issues.  Read more ›

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Vroom: Brain-Building Activities [web resource]

vroom 598Simple interactions between you and your children help build children’s brains foundation for all future learning. Vroom is a set of tools and resources designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines. Read more ›

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All About Young Children [web resource]

logo_All About Young Children 596Find out about what skills help children learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies on  All About Young Children, a resource for parents and caregivers provided by the California Department of Education. Read more ›

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Concrete Ways To Help Students Self-Regulate And Prioritize Work [video]

SEL selfregulation 570There are a lot of skills necessary to succeed in school that aren’t directly about mastering content, including the ability to recognize, name and control ones emotions. The school day often comes with lots of emotion, everything from elation to frustration, which makes it the perfect place to practice self-regulation. Read more ›

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EdRev Expo 2019 Workshop: Taming Digital Distractions—Tools & Strategies to Keep Students on Task While on Tech [presentation]

For students with attention and executive functioning challenges, technology can be both a blessing and a curse. The laptops, mobile devices, and online access that help with schoolwork are often a source of endless distraction, leading to off-task behavior and poor performance. Shelley Haven presents selected utilities, applications, and online services that reduce visual clutter and aid focus, restrict access to distracting apps and websites at selected times, and monitor device usage and increase awareness of distraction triggers. Read more ›

EdRev Expo 2019 Spotlight Session: Diverse Thinkers in the 21st Century: Unlocking Potential through Understanding How People Learn [presentation] [video]

We are at a crossroads in our understanding of individuals who are intelligent yet struggle with timed tests, reading comprehension, working memory and executive functioning. Nicole Ofiesh, PhD, a cognitive behavioral scientist and the Director of the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford University, explains that educating our children with dyslexia and ADHD about how people learn is key to unlocking the potential of their strengths in the face of academic challenges. Read more ›

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