Category Archives for Executive Functioning Skills

Ask Marydee: Should Executive Function Skills be Taught Explicitly?

An interesting question was recently posed to me: Should executive function skills be explicitly taught as a distinct part of a school curriculum? This question was raised recently by an educational therapist

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The Possibility Behind Our Problems

I recently returned from the Learning Disabilities of America national conference, which has focused my thoughts on the executive function skill of metacognition or “thinking about your thinking”. Specifically,

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Finding Happiness when you Struggle with Executive Functions

For those of us who grapple with weak executive function skills, especially in the realm of time management, planning, and organization, it can sometimes be hard to feel…“happy.” It is so

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Build Your Own Ship: Goals for 2019

I LOVE starting a new year. It’s a clean slate to make my life more purposeful, as I use my executive functions to maximize time management. I am excited about the possibilities for changes – positive

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All Work and No Play? Sharpen the Executive Function Skill of Future Planning – for fun!

Many people struggle with planning, the “thinking-ahead” executive function skill. Caught up in the demands of their daily lives, they start to feel like life is just endless work. It makes

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Reaching Your Personal Summit

Typically people reach out to me because of specific executive function challenges connected to time management and planning. Those skills are just two pieces in a constellation of executive functions

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The Difference Between a Dream and a Plan

Those who struggle to create and execute planning, or future thinking, often have executive function deficits. Everyone has dreams, but without the ability see, plan and actualize the required steps, life

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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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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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A Secret to Reaching Goals

In January many of us set lofty goals for the new year. Then life (and/or our executive function deficits) stop us in our tracks. What halts many of us is the brain’s challenge with planning the time

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