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Executive skills allow people to organise their behaviour over time and be able to resist immediate demands in order to achieve longer term goals e.g. resist playing computer games in order to do homework so as to achieve well in exams. Executive skills help people to plan and organise activities, sustain attention and to keep going in order to complete a task. They are also involved in managing emotions and in self-monitoring. Neurodiverse teenagers (teenagers on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum (formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome) and/or with ADHD, DCD/Dyspraxia, Dyslexia etc.) can have particular difficulties in this area.
This webinar will provide an introduction to executive function and neurodiverse teenagers, along with strategies to help and support them. This webinar is aimed at parents, teachers and those who work with neurodiverse teenagers. Through this they will look at how work and family life can overspill into each other, affecting relationships and often increasing stress within the family and for the parent. The workshop will be interactive, with parents asked to engage, ask questions, and join in the conversation in order to get the most from the session.
Dr Dorothy Armstrong (MSc PhD) is an Occupational Therapist who works with people who are Neurodiverse. She specialises in working with teenagers, young adults and adults with High Functioning Autism (Asperger’s), Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia), and/or ADHD who also have mental health issues and/or difficulties in the area of executive function.