Presenter: Lisa Ahern, PhD, NCSP
Late homework, missing materials, procrastination, and daydreaming are the frustrating hallmarks of executive functioning weaknesses for many students. They may also struggle with stopping and thinking before acting, being flexible when things do not go their way, and regulating their emotions. “Executive Functioning” is a term that refers to the procedures the brain must go through in order to “ execute” a task. These processes, which primarily occur in the frontal lobe of the brain, tend to affect an individual’s ability to succeed academically, socially, and personally. Join Dr. Ahern to further understand these challenges and learn concrete ways to support students in building these skills.
Dr. Lisa Ahern is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in school psychology from North Carolina State University. She has advanced training in ADHD assessment, the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Ahern refined her clinical expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders and provided parent management training (PMT) for families with children who were experiencing difficulties with ADHD and other behavioral difficulties. She was also able to participate in research efforts as part of a nationally recognized team of experts.