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Noticing Signs of Executive Function Difficulties in the Classroom

Teachers know there’s more to their job than following the curriculum and hoping students follow along — they need to be able to identify when a student is struggling, such as with executive function difficulties, and do everything they can to help them improve. In every classroom there are students who show loads of potential,…

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Strategies for Parents: Goldilocks Parenting

Reflection Sciences Co-founder Dr. Stephanie Carlson explains how “goldilocks parenting”, or finding techniques that are “just right” for a child’s autonomy development, affects the child’s executive function development. When parents interact with their child in a way that balances patience, helpfulness, and involvedness, the child develops the ability to reflection on choices and make decisions according to their own…

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Early Childhood Education Benefits and How to Make Them Last

The National Public Radio education blogger Elissa Nadworny explores Early Childhood Education Benefits and how differences between preschools affect children. “The question is turning away from whether we should do pre-kindergarten and instead to HOW should we do pre-kindergarten…” See the full article here.

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Executive Function Issues or Laziness?

This 2-part series by Dr. Lynn Margolies of Psych Central features the published work of Reflection Sciences Co-founder, Dr. Phil Zelazo. Part 1 of the series describes how Executive Function issues, the new “hot” umbrella term being used by teachers, counselors, and parents to describe an array of learning and attentional issues, differs from laziness. Part…

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Executive Function + ADD and ADHD

Executive functions and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADD and ADHD, often go hand-in-hand. In fact, when a doctor screens a patient for ADD and ADHD, deficiencies in executive functions are some of the most important signs they look for. There are several ways to examine for ADD and ADHD, but they all serve the same purpose:…

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How to Close the Achievement Gap with Executive Function Training

In a Q & A with Chalkbeat Colorado at U Denver, Reflection Sciences Co-Founder Dr. Stephanie Carlson explains how we can help close the achievement gap and even the playing field for low-income children, starting with executive function brain-based skills. See the full interview here.

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Social and Emotional Development in Schools: The Effects of a One-Sided Report Card

Most current school report cards focus on academic achievement, ignoring social and emotional development, including self-control, perspective-taking, and conflict resolution skills. These traditional report cards measure a student’s achievement and progress in specific subjects covered in class, but today, educators are beginning to worry that students are not being prepared for the tests they will face…

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How the Batman Effect Impacts Executive Function + Child Development

In her research, Dr. Stephanie Carlson has been able to help children to improve their executive function skills by encouraging them to pretend to be someone more competent than themselves, like Batman. She talks about this phenomenon, called psychological distancing, in an interview with Ginny from the Understood.org Team. Get a Free 5-minute Executive Function Assessment with EFgo for iPad and Android…