We use executive function skills every day to study, work, manage the ins and outs of daily life, and become independent learners. These vital mental skills— the “management system of the brain”— include working memory, cognitive flexibility and impulse control and are responsible for skills like paying attention; organizing, planning and prioritizing; following directions and sequencing steps; initiating tasks and remaining focused through completion; understanding various points of view; regulating emotions; and self-monitoring.
Having trouble with EF skills is common, both for typical learners and for those who think and learn differently. A teen can struggle with EF skills even without a formal diagnosis of a learning disability or ADHD. In addition, everyone with ADHD has EF difficulties and most students with other learning challenges also struggle with them. It doesn’t mean these kids are lazy or not intelligent. What it does mean, however, is that these kids need specific help acquiring and mastering EF skills and strategies.
Research shows that college students with EF challenges experience substantial academic and social-emotional difficulties throughout their college years. Mary Murphy, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist, will discuss the EF skills your teens need to learn before graduating from high school and how you can assist them in developing and implementing helpful strategies.
Materials: EF Skills for Teens (PDF Format)
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