Executive Function

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Executive function encompasses “functions such as planning, working memory, inhibition, mental flexibility, as well as the initiation and monitoring of action.”1 Executive functions rely on our automatic processing as well as our supervisory/executive control. In other words, executive function is dependent on both subconscious processes that should occur automatically as well as conscious processes that require our oversight.   The conscious, …

Growth Mindset Misconception

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Science has settled the inherent benefits of adopting a growth mindset, vs. the unnecessary burdens associated with the all too common paradigms that limit us with a fixed mindset. However, this shouldn’t lead us to conclude that we’ve discovered a silver bullet to learning. Like most valuable scientific insights that demonstrate how we can improve our ability to learn, this …

Twice Exceptional?

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GTLD: Gifted, Talented, and Learning Disabled? Divergent thinkers are often responsible for breakthrough innovations that enable human progress. These individuals can usually synthesize vast amounts of information and quickly connect disconnected ideas in order to develop creative solutions to our problems. Many of these traits and capabilities to process large amounts of information, while thinking creatively and divergently exist in …

ADHD vs. Inattentiveness

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Just one generation ago ADHD affected approximately one in 25 students. Today, one in five high school boys are diagnosed with ADHD1. In the United States, of the overall population of children aged 4 to 17, 11% are diagnosed with ADHD according the latest study published by the Center for Disease Control2. The increases in the rate of diagnosis don’t …

Positive Psychology For Education

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There has been a global  rise  in  the  rates  of  mental  illness,  depression,  stress  and  anxiety  since  World War  IIi.  This  directly  affects  students’  wellbeing  and  ability  to  succeed  in  school.  It  also  has  a  negative effect  on  school  systems  as  the  staff  and  teachers  struggle  to  achieve  their  educational  objectives. Therefore, eliminating these toxic pollutants from a child’s life …

The Stimulant Panacea?

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The Stimulant Panacea Stimulants (amphetamines and methylphenidate) increase the availability of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with attention and pleasure, to the frontal cortex of the brain.  The goal of using this treatment in an individual diagnosed with ADHD, is to improve his or her focus as well as his or her ability to regulate other emotional responses. The use of …

Inattentive Without ADHD

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Why Can’t My Child Focus? It may not be ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) diagnoses often presume that inattentiveness is the root of the problem. Most often, it is merely a symptom. As a result, for millions, it is a frustrating and demoralizing problem that erodes confidence and passion for learning. Each year, a wave of students will be …

Building Knowledge

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. Cognitive skills are essential for learning and are often interdependent in the complex process. Sometimes there is a hierarchy to the learning process. Beginning with information input, attention is tasked with “attending” to the content. Processing speed is then tasked with handling the information efficiently and effectively, typically calling on working memory to hold and/or manipulate the information as …

Better Learners

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Most of the debate around education reform tends to criticize the learning model in place. It is often accused of being outdated and based upon the needs of society during the industrial revolution. While intellectually seductive, it is not realistic from a political standpoint or feasible from an economic one to propose that we dismantle the architecture in place. Most …

Standardized vs. Customized Programs Learning Enhancement Programs

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Components of an Effective Cognitive Enhancement Methodology Science-based to ensure the methodology is based on proven scientific principles. One-on-One (individualized) to ensure undivided and individual attention while building a therapeutic alliance between the trainee and trainer. Customized to target deficits in a way that is appropriate to age and ability. This is critical for the trainee to be engaged and …