Category Archives for Executive Functioning

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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Three Tips for a Happier Holiday Season

My staff and I took the week off for Thanksgiving, which I think will become a tradition at EFS. We all experienced some wonderful and rewarding family time. With all of that Thanksgiving feasting behind

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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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The Family Meeting: Support Executive Functions

It is very typical for one parent in a family to be the Family Calendar Keeper, what I call the Executive Functioning Machine for the whole family. By the time that family gets to my table for their Seeing

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A Little Known Secret about Teaching Executive Functions

I see a lot of parents who seek help for their children’s executive function challenges. To be perfectly honest, sometimes I am more concerned about the parents than I am about the child. Let me explain. Some

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10 Back to School Tips for Executive Function Challenged Students

Oh August! It is still summer BUT school looms in the not-too-distant horizon. For students with executive function challenges (and their parents!) there can be an underlying anxiety about facing a new

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Celebrating Our Executive Functions

Executive Functioning Success in its 8th year, and if I have learned anything, it is that running a business requires a LOT of strong executive function skills! Last week during our staff meeting, where

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