How to Stop Getting Lost in Perfectionism

I had never thought about the link between executive functions and perfectionism until I watched a client – a medical professional, circle around and around and around her desire to craft beautiful

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How to Make a Plan

Of all the executive functions, planning can be the most challenging for kids. That’s because their brains have often not yet developed the ability to manage future thinking. Teachers and parents

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How Planning Can Help You to be More Spontaneous

Ahh, summer…a time to let go of executive functions, let your hair down, and be spontaneous – right? Well, not necessarily. Summer might end before you get around to having fun. I have an ADHD

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Supporting Your Child’s Executive Functions: How to Buy a Watch

There are lots of fun (and cheesy) jokes about time. Here’s a great one: Customer: I’d like a watch that tells time. Clerk: Don’t you have a watch that tells time? Customer: No, you have

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Executive Function Tip: Managing Screen Time

Though it’s the end of the school year, social media and screen time still have a major effect on students’ ability to get things done. Chores, family time and even dinnertime can be a struggle

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Free Web Event: Creating Unstoppable Teens

I’m thrilled to be participating in a virtual interview series called Creating Unstoppable Teens. The event will be held online, June 14 – 24, 2017. This is a FREE event for parents, geared

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Feeling a Little Stuck?

While my brain has executive functioning challenges, I have never let that stop me from being an avid learner. I am ALWAYS learning things! In a recent conversation with my daughter, who was pondering

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Chores Support Executive Functions: Here’s How

In my book, 50 Tips to Help Students Succeed, I devote a chapter to chores. Not only are chores important for teaching adult skills like cooking, cleaning and managing money, but they also support our

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What Motivates You?

At the recent LDA conference a keynote speaker was Dr. Philip Zelazo, a researcher who focuses on executive functions. In my notes I wrote: “It takes effort to activate your executive functions.”

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A Tip for Finding Time

All of us have too much to do and too little time to do it! Our brain’s executive function system is overloaded with things to accomplish. We complain that we just don’t have the time for those non-essential

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