Session 2 – Executive Functioning in Adolescence

Today, the BSU presented Part 2 of the Executive Functioning (EF) talks to the college staff. This talk focused on three elements that play a large role in EF:

  1. ActivationPlanning, prioritising, organising and initiating action. Adolescents with EF difficulties find it difficult to get started and visualise an action plan. We had a look at planning time within a schedule, available apps for organisation and planning, as well as the Get Ready, Do, Done model of action                                                    
  2.                                                                                                                                                                                     Attention – Sustaining attention, selecting attention, and shifting attention. We engaged with the differences between ADHD – Predominantly Hyperactive and Impulsive type and ADHD – Predominantly Inattentive (Old ADD), and looked at classroom strategies that may help support learners.                                                                                                                                                                     
  3. Effort – Regulating and sustaining effort, and processing speed. We had a look at what makes Processing Speed so frustrating for learners, as well as strategies that would help to support learners in the classroom and in their studies. 

The third presentation in the series handles Emotion, Memory  and Action.

The presentation can be accessed here:  EF Presentation 2

 

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