executive functioning

May 4, 2019 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Benefits of Using the Summer to Improve Academic Functioning

“My child didn’t have a great school year. I guess there’s nothing I can do now about it, but hopefully in the fall, with tutoring, executive functioning coaching, or whatever supports are needed, he will do better. Or, maybe I will see if next year is better and seek help then if needed.” These thoughts […]

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February 11, 2018 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Helping Your Teen Develop their Optimal Work Life Balance in Adulthood

Parents probably vary to some degree in their views on what an optimal work/life balance is. For some, it means being home for dinner every night and not working on the weekends. For others, it involves a strong work ethic, many long hours, and enjoying one’s job. Many teens participate in after school activities and […]

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October 4, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Having Trouble with Time Management and Organizational Skills? Have You Considered the Role of Emotions in Treating Executive Function Weaknesses/ADHD?

Executive functioning skills are essentially a set of mental processes that underlie much of what we do on a daily basis. They are involved in behavioral regulation (i.e., stopping us from acting on inappropriate impulses), emotion regulation (i.e., the expression of emotions), and cognitive regulation (i.e., planning, organizing, getting going on tasks). Many of these […]

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August 14, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Back to School Time Management/Organizational Supply Suggestions for College Students

With back to school shopping well underway, parents and students often wonder what supplies/tools would be helpful for college students to have to keep organized, especially for those with ADHD/executive functioning, learning disabilities, or other issues that impede academic and overall functioning. While each person’s needs may be slightly different, and obviously the available space […]

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January 11, 2017 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

New Year Time Management/Organizational Tools

With the new year often comes new years resolutions. Why not make a new years resolution to take better control of your life and be more organized in terms of completing tasks. Doing so will lead to being more efficient, and hopefully freeing up more time to do things that you like, spend time actually […]

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July 26, 2016 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

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Why Do Executive Functioning Skills Seem So Complicated for My Teen?

Executive functioning skills refer to the basic processes used to complete tasks and essentially navigate life on a daily basis. These abilities encompass attention, working memory, task initiation, self-awareness, monitoring completion of tasks, time management, physical organization skills, and a variety of other items as well. One can think of executive functioning as the control […]

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April 25, 2015 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Improving Study Skills for Finals

With end of year finals just a few weeks away for many students, I thought sharing some information and thoughts on improving study skills might be helpful. In some schools, study skills are heavily focused on, whereas in others, children and teens are expected to develop their own skills in this domain with minimal assistance. […]

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December 3, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

Time Management, Organizational Skills, and Executive Functioning

Having good time management and organizational skills are vital to success in school and later on in a career. They also are essential skills needed for success in handling adult responsibilities such as paying bills, getting places on time, and juggling demands and responsibilities related to caring for other family members in adulthood. While to […]

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July 31, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

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Back-to-School Preparation for Middle School and High School Students

School starts up again in less than a month for students in Montgomery County Public Schools, and within about a month for most other students as well. Over the summer it is very easy to put off addressing issues that may have arisen during the previous school year, and perhaps hoping that things will resolve […]

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July 10, 2014 | Carey Heller, Psy.D.

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Benefits of Dogs in Treating ADHD and Other Mental Health Issues in Children

People who love dogs, and even some who don’t, will often say that playing with a dog makes them happier. There is something about the affection of an animal that can improve moods and other areas of functioning. That being said, few people think about how dogs can be helpful in treating ADHD, Autism, depression, […]

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