Help Your Teen Grow Their Executive Function

The Healthy Family Connections Podcast

Episode 180 · Duration: 00:32:01

Help Your Teen Grow Their Executive Function

What can a parent do when they struggle to get their teenager to manage their basic responsibilities?  We’ll talk about this and a whole lot more on this week’s podcast, Help Your Teen Grow Their Executive Function.

This podcast features an interview with psychologist, ADHD, executive function expert, and author of 6 Super Skills For Executive Functioning, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb.

In this powerful interview, Dr. Lara and Neil discuss the importance of adolescence as a time for growing executive function.  In it, they identify the best ways to engage teens in this critical developmental process.

It can certainly be frustrating when kids are losing things, not getting things done, essentially not independently managing basic responsibilities. Click To Tweet 

In this podcast you’ll hear: 

  1. The truth about multitasking and its impact on focus and efficiency. 
  2. Helping kids cope with being overwhelmed. 
  3. How to help kids build motivation.
  4. How to refresh the brain during breaks.
  5. The importance of positive self-talk and how to build it. 

and much, much more. More than that, Dr. Lara and Neil share ideas for how to engage kids with this information to help them make better decisions and create brain-strengthening habits.    

5 Major Executive Functions: 1. Planning and organization 2. Focus 3. Impulse control 4. Flexible thinking 5. Emotional regulationClick To Tweet

I do hope that this year finds you safe and vaccinated. Does it feel to you like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel?  I’m feeling hopeful so in the meantime, let’s all mask up, socially distance and take care of ourselves.  If we’re not good to us, we won’t have anything left for others and besides, you know
you need it, with all you do you certainly deserve it, and you know something else, you’re worth it. Bye for now.

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  1. Thanks for checking in Deb. For starters, I strongly recommend a copy of 6 Super Skills for Executive Functioning. Chapter 5 is titled, Boosting Motivation. It’s written for teens and parents can read it as well and use what they learn to support their teenagers and of course, improve their own executive functioning as well. We can all use improvement in these areas. If there is a Control Battle going on so that any recommendation or support you offer is met with high resistance, then Ending the Parent-Teen Control Battle book and course would be helpful. Depression can also be a factor and there is a lot of pandemic depression going around so your 16 year old may need some professional help with that.
    Best wishes to you and your family,

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