Executive Function skills are essential for learning and for managing work and life. Research indicates that if you look at what predicts how well children will do later in school, more and more evidence is showing that executive function skills actually predict success better than IQ tests. In order to effectively intervene with children and adolescents you need to know what exactly what executive function skills are, why they are so important, and what interventions build the various executive function skills in the brain. This session provides an easy-to-understand overview of executive function skills and does an excellent job of making one of the most important aspects of applied neuroscience accessible to child-serving professionals and parents. Within 37 minutes you will come away with a clear understanding of how to help your clients, students, children, employees, and yourself to become more successful in life. Read more Knowing about the role executive function skills play in every life de-pathologizes why people procrastinate; jump from one activity to another without finishing; have trouble keeping their workspace or home neat and organized; forget to do things we promise; are chronically late; lose their cool when people don’t behave the way we think they should; struggle to come up with a plan B when things don’t go the way we thought they should; and fritter away time when we know there is work to be done. Research has also shown that children may act out with challenging behaviors because of deficits in executive functioning skills. A child’s ability to succeed is based on a capacity to understand what is being required and regulate their behavior to meet that requirement. When executive function is lagging or impaired, children are more likely to fail at, or miss, the message and they are more likely to function out of their fight-or-flight response with challenging behavior. This simple overview of the executive function skills needed for thinking, doing and managing emotions will help you develop your own brain and provide you the tools to help develop the brains of those you are charged with helping, managing and teaching.
Kelly Spanoghe, Ed.S.
Angelique McKoy, LGPC, NCC, CTP