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Episode #7 – Are You Teaching Your Children Executive Function Skills?

Today, I have Jamie Lofy on The Reading Project! She is an executive function coach, and reading specialist as well as an online tutor. Jamie is a colleague and collaborator with my business, Your Reading Tutor.

Today she’s going to talk about executive function, skill development, and red flags that families can be on the lookout for at home.

Here’s the Highlights

(1:26) Meet my guest Jamie! Get the scoop on her educational background and experience.

(3:35) Find out when and why she shifted her focus from reading intervention to executive function coaching.

(6:00) RED FLAGS! Jamie details the red flags that may let parents know that their child is struggling with executive function skills.

(8:12) Building the scaffolding to teach executive function skills and setting our kids up for success.

(9:42) THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! The middle schoolers and high schoolers are struggling with organization during remote learning.

(11:41) Every kid needs help developing executive function skills. Jamie lets us know how to identify when it’s become a problem.

(13:10) ADVICE – Jamie shares her top tips for parents to help their children develop strong executive function skills.

(16:22) Don’t get caught in this trap! It can create an unhealthy parent/child dynamic.

(16:50) Hiring an Executive Function Coach – let the coach partner with your child without judgment!

(17:57) ARE YOU CURIOUS? What does an Executive Function Coaching session look like?

(21:02) COOL TOOLS! Check these out for helping students with time management.

(21:51) DO YOU KNOW – The Pomodoro Method?

(22:30) Jamie shares the top resources and books for parents who think their child(ren) might be struggling to develop executive function skills.

(25:00) Jamie calls out the BIGGEST challenge she sees for kids transitioning from high school to college.

(27:28) Find out Jamie’s all-time favorite children’s book and what she’s currently reading

Reading Resources and more!

Book Recommendations – For the Kiddos

10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann

Racer Dogs by Bob Kolar

Book Recommendations – For the Adults

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Additional Organizational Tools

Trello – An easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world.

Asana – The easiest way to manage team projects and tasks. Make every project a success. Map out each step and organize all the details of your work in one place.

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About the Author Ashley DiMercurio