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Optimizing Executive Functions in Children and Adults with ADHD
December 14, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC+0FREE!
TIME: Tuesday, December 14 at 12 pm MST
EXPERT: Adele Diamond, Ph.D., FRSC
To succeed in school, at work, and in life itself, your executive functions need to be sharp and working well. What are ‘executive functions,’ exactly? The abilities to reason and creatively problem-solve, to exercise self-control and resist temptations, to think before you speak or act, to stay focused and concentrate, and to exercise the flexibility to see things from different perspectives and adapt to change. The good news is that executive functions can be improved at any age.
Recommendations for children or adults with ADHD who want to optimize or improve their executive functions include:
- Commit to doing an activity you really love that requires, trains, and challenges executive functions – it could be a practicing traditional martial art, performing with a band, or pursuing photography, dance, orienteering, gardening, etc. – try to push yourself outside your comfort zone.
- Take steps to reduce stress in your life – for example, try to avoid stressful situations or defuse them, try to maintain a regular routine and put things in the same place so you can find them, follow a mindfulness or yoga practice, spend more time out in nature or with a pet, and remember that no one is perfect, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
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