June 12th, 2020
Do you have a child for whom there is a disconnect between level of intelligence and academic performance? Do you have a teen who has issues with time management, who can’t get up in the morning? Maybe you’ve even got a young adult who is struggling now that the scaffolding of school has been taken away and they’re trying to manage on their own at university. Do you have a child with a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD or any other neurodiverse condition? Chances are he has executive function challenges.
To function in the 21st century with everything we’re juggling we need to have finely tuned executive functions; we need to be able to manage our time, to control our emotions and we have to keep track of our belongings. Just now when everyone has been having to adapt to lockdown and deal with anxiety we’ve had to call on cognitive flexibility and we’ve had to really reign in our limbic systems. We need to slow down and give ourselves a break and let our executive functions help us out.
Victoria Bagnall is an education professional passionate about improving opportunities for people with executive function challenges. She is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Connections in Mind. She has recently launched an online learning platform www.cimlearning.com as part of her EVOLVING MINDS, EVOLVING TIMES initiative.
As a dyslexic Victoria was challenged with her executive functions and so her mission to help with this is a personal one. She trained as a teacher and then in SEN teaching. Victoria is also a mum of 3.
Listen to this episode with Victoria if you want to learn:
Victoria finishes with a very profound tip for parents in raising happy and successful children, whether they’ve got EF issues or not. She also shares a Surprising Uplifting Moment with us as she has turned to gardening to cope with the stresses of lockdown and what she has learnt from that.
New online learning platform www.cimlearning.com
Linked in: www.linkedin.com/company/connections-in-mind-ltd.
Have a look at Victoria’s free questionnaire about executive functioning together with some suggestions for what to do about it.
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