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Executive Functioning

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Four Key Executive Functioning Strategies for Your Child

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Written by Vivien Keil, PhD, Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director at CHC

March Madness is around the corner: a time of anticipation and excitement for college basketball fans around the globe. Many students, however, especially those with learning and attention differences, are experiencing another form of madness altogether: midterms, projects, deadlines and a pressure to succeed. In a recent study, 45% of teens reported feeling stressed “all the time.” Many parents feel helpless as they wonder how best to help their kids stay afloat.

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Strategies for Parents of Kids With ADHD [presentation] [video]

Parenting a child with ADHD has its challenges. There are strategies that you can learn and use that can make a big difference for your child. In this parent education class, learn more about how you can support your child with ADHD. Presented by Kendra Fraka, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker at CHC. Read more ›

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Executive Function Deficits in Kindergarten May Predict Academic Difficulties in Primary Grades

ExecFunction347New Penn State research suggests that children’s executive function deficits may be an important risk factor for academic difficulties.

Preliminary findings from a three-year National Science Foundation-funded project, recently published in Child Development, show that executive functions in kindergarten predict children’s mathematics, reading and science achievement, as well as their classroom behavior, in second grade. Read more ›

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Executive Function 101 e-Book [downloadable]

Each of us navigates daily life — learning, work, recreation and relationships — thanks to intrinsic skills called executive functions.

Children and adults with learning and attention issues—including learning disabilities (LD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)—often struggle profoundly with many of these skills that most of us take for granted. Read more ›

What Every Parent Should Know About Working Memory

workingmemory332Think about the series of commands you might give your child on a school night: “It’s time for bed! Put away your toys, change into your PJs, and brush your teeth!” Maybe your child put away his toys and got into his PJs, but forgot to brush his teeth. If your child frequently loses track of tasks like these, it’s possible he may struggle with working memory. Read more ›

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Helping Kids with Executive Functioning Issues Manage Behavior [presentation] [video]

An important aspect of developing Executive Functioning (EF) skills is the ability to manage oneself and one’s behavior.

This session covers EF and the relationship of the mind and body in developing self-awareness. Learn strategies to increase self-monitoring and self-regulation in kids with EF challenges. Read more ›

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Working Memory Boosters

workingmemory328Does your child have a hard time keeping one bit of information in mind while he’s doing something else? For example, if he’s helping make spaghetti and the phone rings, does he forget he needs to go back and keep stirring the sauce? If he often has trouble with such tasks, he might have working memory issues. Read more ›

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Interactive Panel: Growing Up with Learning & Attention Issues [video]

A panel of adults who grew up with learning and attention differences and have become successful in their work share their perspectives about who and what made a difference for them and how they found their ‘niche’ in work and life. Read more ›

Technology to Support Executive Functioning [downloadable]

app272Executive functioning skills, which involve working memory, flexible thinking and self-monitoring, are key to learning. A child with executive functioning issues may have difficulty with prioritization, planning, and time management, understanding and following directions, or staying focused on tasks through completion.

There are strategies and supports that can help children and young adults with executive functioning challenges, including technology. Read more ›

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Building Executive Functioning Skills [presentation] [downloadable]

This session on Executive Functioning skills was presented by  Ali Meyers, Co-Director of Meyers Learning Center. Learn strategies for building these critical, developing capacities in everyday ways. Read more ›

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