Does your teen struggle with time management, completing tasks, staying focused, and getting organized? These are the executive functions, a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal. They are neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. EFFECT utilizes evidence-based interventions to help your teen build skills in these areas and more. EFFECT is executive functioning for empowering children and teens. Register your middle or high school child between the ages of 12-16 years old for EFFECT, a half-day course facilitated by Alisha Lauchie, LMSW/CPS-R. According to a webpage published by the Neuro Assessment & Development Center executive functions are defined as:
- Inhibition – The ability to stop one’s own behavior at the appropriate time, including stopping actions and thoughts. The flip side of inhibition is impulsivity; if you have weak ability to stop yourself from acting on your impulses, then you are “impulsive.”
- Shift – The ability to move freely from one situation to another and to think flexibly in order to respond appropriately to the situation.
- Emotional Control – The ability to modulate emotional responses by bringing rational thought to bear on feelings.
- Initiation – The ability to begin a task or activity and to independently generate ideas, responses, or problem-solving strategies. (i.e.Robin thought about calling to check on the date of the reunion, but she just didn’t get around to it until her husband initiated the process.)
- Working memory – The capacity to hold information in mind for the purpose of completing a task. (i.e. Robin could not keep the dates of the reunion in her head long enough to put them on the calendar after her initial phone call from Aunt Sue.)
- Planning/Organization – The ability to manage current and future- oriented task demands. (i.e. Robin lacked the ability to systematically think about what the family would need to be ready for the trip and to get to the intended place at the intended time with their needs cared for along the way.)
- Organization of Materials – The ability to impose order on work, play, and storage spaces. (i.e. Robin’s job was to organize the things needed for the trip. However, she just piled things into the car rather than systematically making checklists and organizing things so important items would be easily accessible, so the space would be used efficiently, and so that people and “stuff” would be orderly and comfortable in the car.)
- Self-Monitoring – The ability to monitor one’s own performance and to measure it against some standard of what is needed or expected. (i.e. Despite the fact that they’re off to Missouri without knowing how to get there, with almost no planning for what will happen along the way, and without a map, Robin does not understand why her husband is so upset.)
EFFECT – Fall 2018
(For children 12-16 years old)
Saturday, October 13th
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
$200 for entire class due at registration, includes cost of lunch.
Waiver is required for all individuals attending the course. Waiver is due at time of registration.
Registration deadline is Friday, September 28th.
To register, please call the main office at (616) 365-8920 or visit us during normal business hours.