#101: Introduction to Executive Functions

February 6, 2023

EPISODE DETAILS  2/6/2023 The Childhood Collective Introduction to Executive Function Ep. 101 EPISODE SUMMARY We know what it’s like to send our kids upstairs to get ready for school, and twenty minutes later, while they have built a pretty cool fort, they are still in their pajamas. This can be SO frustrating, especially during *those* […]

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EPISODE DETAILS 

  • 2/6/2023
  • The Childhood Collective
  • Introduction to Executive Function Ep. 101

EPISODE SUMMARY

We know what it’s like to send our kids upstairs to get ready for school, and twenty minutes later, while they have built a pretty cool fort, they are still in their pajamas. This can be SO frustrating, especially during *those* times of the day (think: the morning rush, delayed bedtime, and homework battles). These challenges are common for kids with ADHD, and it all stems from delayed executive function skills. Join us as we unpack what the executive functions are, why this area affects kids with ADHD, and what you can do to help.

KEY TOPICS

  • What is executive functioning?  [3:00]
  • Just being kids or is it something more?  [4:30]
  • Cognitive flexibility and working memory deficits.  [6:32]
  • One task, many executive functions. [9:21]
  • Big feelings a.k.a emotional regulation. [11:36]
  • Executive function skills by age.  [14:38]
  • What can parents actually do? [17:38]
  • What success can look like. [21:50]
  • Want more info?  [25:04]

AFFILIATE INFORMATION 

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RESOURCES & LINKS 

Our kids want to do well, but they need us to leverage creative strategies to support them.  We are here to provide the tools you need to create the best environment for your kids. Check out the resources below and join us on the journey!

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