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Parenting to Promote Executive Function and Self-regulation Skills


nov 2016 EF presentation flierWed, November 16th, from 6:30-8:30pm.  There are still a few seats open to join me for a night of active and fun learning!

Does your child struggle with controlling his or her behavior, attention or emotions? Are teachers telling you your child is struggling to organize school work and work independently? Not sure how to help?

An introduction for parents, teachers, and therapists about what executive function and self-regulation skills are and how parenting and teaching strategies can promote skill development. Focus is on toddlers through elementary-aged children. Executive function and self-regulation skills are core deficits in many developmental problems, including attention disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mental health diagnoses and behavior disorders.

  • Leave with practical ideas you can use with your children.
  • Great for parents, teachers, and therapists  (CEs for teachers and OTs available).

 A sneak peek…

Top 3 reasons you should care about executive function…brain

  • Early test of executive function skill are one of the best predictors of life long success.
  • Executive function deficits are a key part of many developmental disabilities, such as attention and learning disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and all kinds of brain injuries.
  • The area of the brain that holds executive function skill is one of the most adaptable areas, showing it is capable of great changes based on the child’s experiences.


“Neurons that fire together, wire together” is the basis of learning in the brain.  What this means for children learning executive functioning skills is that it isn’t about what you learn, it is how you learn it.  For parents this means, it isn’t about what you do, it is about how you do it!

Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs. www.paigehays.net