Executive Function: What's the Big Deal?

This is an in-person event focused on the topic of executive function and presented in three parts.


August 18, 2023 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with a lunch break from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

What Is Executive Function?

An introduction to executive function, including a definition of what it is and some of the models used to describe this concept. Specific skills that contribute to executive function and relationship of these skills to school and social success will be explored.

Presented by Melissa Miller, M.A., School Psychologist

Executive Function and the Brain

This session takes a closer look at the neurological bases of executive function and considers the role of the specific brain regions in the development of executive skill. Stages of life development and the impact of personal and environmental factors on executive function will be discussed.

Presented by Melissa Aguirre, M.D., Pediatrician

Executive Function Interventions and Strategies

It is clear that executive function is important for success, and deficits in these skills can negatively impact everything from social skills to math performance. This presentation looks at how educators and families can support students with executive functioning weaknesses. A variety of practical strategies and interventions to address specific deficits will be provided.

Presented by Paula Velez, M.A., Education Specialist