“Optimizing Executive Functions in Children and Adults with ADHD” [Video Replay & Podcast #383]

Episode Description


To succeed in school, at paintings, and in life itself, your executive functions need to be sharp and running well. What are ‘executive functions,’ exactly? The abilities to reason and creatively problem-solve, to exercise self-control and resist temptations, to assume before you talk or act, to stay targeted and concentrate, and to exercise the versatility to look issues from different perspectives and adapt to modify. The good information is that executive functions can be improved at any age.

Stress (even delicate pressure) severely impairs executive functions. Mindfulness practices that involve movement (similar to t’ai chi or taekwondo) were especially a hit in improving executive functions. School systems corresponding to Tools of the Mind, MindUP, Montessori, and PATHs also lend a hand to optimize executive functions. Like mindful movement practices, they teach and challenge diverse executive serve as skills and scale back pressure in some ways.

Almost any activity improves executive functions if it demanding situations you, and you enjoy the activity sufficient to stay operating at it and pushing yourself. The maximum a hit systems involve extra instructor-trainee interplay than offered by maximum computerized training.  Having a supportive mentor who firmly believes in you and the efficacy of this system, and who in fact cares about you, is critical to the luck of any program in improving executive functions.

Recommendations for children or adults with ADHD who want to optimize or enhance their executive functions include:

  • Commit to doing an job you truly love that requires, trains, and demanding situations executive functions – it generally is a practicing traditional martial artwork, performing with a band, or pursuing photography, dance, orienteering, gardening, and many others. – attempt to push your self out of doors your comfort zone.
  • Take steps to reduce stress in your life – for instance, try to avoid irritating scenarios or defuse them, try to take care of an ordinary routine and put issues in the similar position so you'll in finding them, apply a mindfulness or yoga practice, spend extra day out in nature or with a puppy, and take into account that no person is best possible, so don’t be so hard on your self.

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Meet the Expert Speaker:

A pacesetter in two fields, psychology and neuroscience, Adele Diamond, Ph.D., FRSC, helped pioneer a now flourishing interdisciplinary field referred to as “developmental cognitive neuroscience.” As the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Diamond studies how executive functions can also be changed by the surroundings, modulated through genetics and neurochemistry, derailed in problems, and stepped forward by means of effective techniques and interventions. Her work has helped alternate clinical apply for the remedy of PKU (phenylketonuria) and for the inattentive type of ADHD, and it has impacted early training international.

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