Live Webinar on September 28: Optimizing Executive Functions in Children and Adults with ADHD
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To succeed in school, at work, and in life itself, your executive functions need to be sharp and working well. What are ‘executive functions,’ exactly? The abilities to reason and creatively problem-solve, to exercise self-control and resist temptations, to think before you speak or act, to stay focused and concentrate, and to exercise the flexibility to see things from different perspectives and adapt to change. The good news is that executive functions can be improved at any age.
Stress (even mild stress) seriously impairs executive functions. Mindfulness practices that involve movement (such as t’ai chi or taekwondo) have been especially successful in improving executive functions. School programs such as Tools of the Mind, MindUP, Montessori, and PATHs also help to optimize executive functions. Like mindful movement practices, they train and challenge diverse executive function skills and reduce stress in many ways.
Almost any activity improves executive functions if it challenges you, and you enjoy the activity enough to keep working at it and pushing yourself. The most successful programs involve more instructor-trainee interaction than offered by most computerized training. Having a supportive mentor who firmly believes in you and the efficacy of the program, and who genuinely cares about you, is critical to the success of any program in improving executive functions.
Recommendations for children or adults with ADHD who want to optimize or improve their executive functions include:
- Commit to doing an activity you really love that requires, trains, and challenges executive functions – it could be a practicing traditional martial art, performing with a band, or pursuing photography, dance, orienteering, gardening, etc. – try to push yourself outside your comfort zone.
- Take steps to reduce stress in your life – for example, try to avoid stressful situations or defuse them, try to maintain a regular routine and put things in the same place so you can find them, follow a mindfulness or yoga practice, spend more time out in nature or with a pet, and remember that no one is perfect, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
Have a question for our expert? There will be an opportunity to post questions for the presenter during the live webinar.
Meet the Expert Speaker:
A leader in two fields, psychology and neuroscience, Adele Diamond, Ph.D., helped pioneer a now flourishing interdisciplinary field called “developmental cognitive neuroscience.” As the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Diamond studies how executive functions can be modified by the environment, modulated by genetics and neurochemistry, derailed in disorders, and improved by effective programs and interventions. Her work has helped change medical practice for the treatment of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the inattentive type of ADHD, and it has impacted early education worldwide.
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