Executive functions

My Employer Understands My EF Challenges

Hello, executive function community! We are Casey Anley (educational psychologist) and Catherine Davis (counselling psychologist) – new recruits to the team at Connections in Mind.  We both happen to be South African, with a huge passion for all things executive functioning. We joined Connections in Mind this year, and for the first time, we were …

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How to overcome your executive function challenges.

“How to overcome your executive function challenges.” Psychological research tells us that it is never too late for adults to improve their executive function skills1. These mental skills develop from infancy across the lifespan and peak during our mid 20s2. Although there is age-related decline when it comes to cognitive functioning3, these skills and the …

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Using executive functions to navigate the back to school transition.

This September brings an uncertain time for many children who struggle with executive functioning. Under normal circumstances, we would expect a level of underlying anxiety about facing a new school year, but given some of them have been out of the typical school routine for almost 6 months we know this will be more prevalent …

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Promoting your child’s executive functions for a successful summer

Congratulations for making it through the most restrictive part of lockdown and for becoming a fully-fledged master of the homeschool-work-homelife juggle. The last few months have been extremely challenging for parents and we anticipate that the summer holidays will be a much-needed break for the whole family. We now know that children, especially if they …

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The ADHD Brain: How to get the most out of your teen

Being a parent to a teen with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be an extremely rewarding experience; their boundless energy, personalities, creativity and the drive of their hyperfocus which can be a powerful advantage if channelled in an effective way. However, as we all know, teen years are a really challenging time of life …

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Cultural differences in the early development of executive functions.

Our children are living in diverse and ever-changing cultural societies with different educational systems, social systems and values. But what effect do these cultural differences have on the early development of our executive functions? And even, do some of our executive functions develop differently because of these differences?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Understanding how our cultural environments shape developing brains …

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Adopting a growth mindset is key to your success and happiness.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Adopting a growth mindset is key to your success and happiness.” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left|color:%23ffa02f” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]By Rebecca Tyler, Connections in Mind[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Do you often try new things and push yourself outside your comfort zone? Or are you the type of person who sticks to what they know?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The answer to this question can reveal whether you have a fixed mindset …

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Positive parenting approaches for children with ADHD

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Positive parenting approaches for children with ADHD.” font_container=”tag:h1|text_align:left|color:%23ffa02f” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text] By Victoria Bagnall, Co Founder, Connections in Mind [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be an extremely rewarding experience; their boundless energy, sense of humour, creativity and enthusiasm for life is unparalleled. However, it can also be extremely challenging and frustrating …

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