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Nov

Executive Function Challenges and Strategies to Improve Them – Part 3

The ability to regulate (or control) our thoughts and actions is a critical part of our higher-level thinking or executive function skills. When someone struggles with one or more of these skills then self-regulation is more difficult. In prior articles we covered the skills of planning, organizing, time management, task initiation, working memory, and metacognition. …

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Nov

Executive Function Challenges and Strategies to Improve Them – Part 2

As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, executive functions are higher level thinking skills that allow us to appropriately manage our thoughts and behaviors. There are ten executive function skills that are directly related to our ability to self-regulate. In the previous article I covered the functions of planning, organizing, and time management.  …

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Oct

Executive Function Challenges and Strategies to Improve Them – Part 1

  Executive Functions are higher level thinking skills that allow us to use our cognitive skills to plan and carry out behaviors. Whether we are planning out our day, getting chores done, or making sure we are on time for a meeting we are using executive function skills to plan, organize, and appropriately carry out …

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Jul

Gratitude for Special Needs? You Betcha!

In her book, Life WILL Get Better: Simple Solutions for Parents of Children with Attention, Anxiety,  Mood and Behavior Challenges, Dr. Nicole Beurkens talks about the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Sure, there are the melt downs, the focus issues, the food allergies, the education road blocks, the social stumblings and the …

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Jun

Could Food Sensitivities Be Causing or Worsening Your Child’s ADHD Symptoms?

Could my child’s inattention and behavior difficulties be related to food sensitivities?  If you are wondering about the root causes of your child’s attention and behavior problems, it is quite possible that sensitivity to a food(s) is the culprit.  Food sensitivities are negative responses the body has when exposed to certain foods. Unlike food allergies, …

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