Category Archives for Executive Functioning

‘Tis the Season to…Pause

Here’s a known yet under recognized fact: the holiday season puts a major strain on the brain’s executive functioning. Our schedules get packed with holiday events. There may be travel plans to

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Why Our Executive Functions Need Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? How about your family members? If the answer is “no,” then this message is for you. The length and quality of a person’s sleep has a direct impact on their day-to-day

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The Power of Positive Mindset on Executive Functions

When you suffer with executive function challenges, it can be very difficult to maintain a positive mindset. Years of being late, living with piles everywhere and not meeting commitments or deadlines takes

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Don’t Forget the Effect of the Emotional Brain on Students’ Executive Functions

When we focus on executive functions as they relate to time management and getting things done, it is easy to forget the elephant in the room – our emotional brain. We want to believe that we are

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The Executive Function of Future Thinking: A Real Life Example

I have been focusing a lot lately on the executive function skill of “future thinking” or planning and prioritization, which is required for meeting multi-step goals. A year ago I participated in an

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The Power of Paper for Your Future | An ADHD Palooza!

The longer I work in the arena of executive functions, the more I value one specific skill: planning and prioritization or “future thinking.” While some executive function skills are hardwired

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Going to Bat for Late Bloomers: A Book Recommendation

When I first published my Seeing My Time® books back in 2010, it was exceedingly rare to ever read or hear a reference to executive functions in the popular press. These days, the term “executive

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Can You Slow Down Time?

Have you ever longed to hold your arms over your head and plead: “Stop world! I want to get off?” Those who suffer with executive function challenges often feel like a hamster running on an exercise

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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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