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The Executive Function Podcast

Helpful, fun, and effective strategies to support kids' executive function! Learn how to coach your child to manage attention, organize, and plan!Inspiration for families with ADHD, autism, learning disabilities and more!

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Hack Motivation to End the School Year Well!

Lacking motivation to finish the school? Maybe not! Let's massage your perspective a bit with exploring why you and your child may be feeling low "motivation" these days---and what to do about it! There's a strategy for every struggle! All my love, Sarah

24mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Making therapy feel like PLAY! Playapy!

Hi Tribe,  Working hard on improving your missing skills can be, well, hard work. But, what if we added a twist of fun? Learn with me and our guest, Amy Baez, from Playapy! She shares some tips on how to make therapy feel less burdensome and more engaging! Find more about Amy at playapy.com or her YouTube Channel! She has some great resources and themed games for developing executive function skills, too! All my love, Sarah 

45mins

10 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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Organizing your child's mind: the Bullet Map strategy

Tribe, I want you to meet and learn from my friend Darius Namdaran. He's brilliant, and his simple-but-profound method of brain organizing will empower you today! Hear his thoughts on dyslexia, executive dysfunction, and a brilliant kid whose brilliance was allllmost overlooked, for poor handwriting! Darius has his own podcast, Dyslexia Explored, and a program called Bullet Map Academy. He's also offering our tribe a free session with him, just to share the love! I'm still learning with Darius, and we have some exciting collaborations in the works! In the meantime, enjoy a listen to the calm brilliance of a man driven to make a difference for neuro-diverse humans! All my love, Sarah  PS Go to bulletmapacademy.com/beginner for an example! And, email Darius@bulletmapacademy.com for your session! 

50mins

31 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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Kid, You're Gonna Fail. A Pep Talk

Turn that frown upside down! Fix your attitude! Stop crying! We do a lot to prompt our kids to feel better, and it makes sense: we don't want our loved ones to hurt. But, could it be that when we try to "fix" what we think of as negative emotions, we make them more intense and long-lasting? This Pep Talk is for any kid who's had a rough day, week, or school experience. It's for parents and teachers who feel like they are never good enough. It's a pep talk for humans, and it starts with this truth: Kid, You're Gonna Fail!! All my love, Sarah

9mins

24 Jan 2021

Rank #4

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Winter of Wonder: Detective Perspective Will Stop the Yelling at your Kid

Hey Tribe,  Kids are frustratingly human all the time. They do the thing you said not to do not two seconds after you told them not to do it. Oh, these tiny humans. Today's show will teach you how to embrace a "Detective Perspective" so that you can approach patterns and problems with a problem-solving lens, making yelling a tool you just don't need any more. The paradox of being perfect and super-flawed can really get you thinking, so jump in this epsiode with us! Pep talk is at 11:38. All my love to you, Sarah PS Remember to share the show! It's helping so many families! Who do you know who could use some executive function love? 

15mins

18 Jan 2021

Rank #5

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BeeLine Reader Makes Reading Easier!

Have you ever read something, only to realize your focus had floated away? Or, have you lost your spot when switching lines of text? This week we talk to Nick Lum, founder of BeeLine Reader, an assistive technology designed to make reading easier.  It is proven to help alleviate some of the mental tasks of reading, improving comprehension, and extending focus (when our brains use less juice on just reading, we are free to think about what we are reading!) Nick will tell us how BeeLine came to be, why he quit his day job for it, and how he uses executive function to manage his business. Learn more about BeeLine with the links below. All my love, Sarah BeeLine Reader website BeeLine Reader on iOS BeeLine Reader on Chrome BeeLine Reader for PDF Insight Browser Beta (will be launching in January 2021 with BeeLine capability)

28mins

16 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Top 6 ways to Coach Your Child during Finals Week Stress

If you had a dollar for every time someone told you or your child to "just study" or "study harder," you'd be rich, right? But, what does that even mean? And how can you study harder if you never learned how to study anyway? This episode has study tips AND how to coach your child to actually USE them, now, to improve their grades on last-minute work and final exams. Disclaimer: grades are not who your child is. While this episode explores ways to improve grades, take grades in general as one measure of the 1,000 things your kid is and does. Grades matter a lot and grades don't matter at all. Intrigued? Jump in the episode! (Pep talk for your amazing kid is at 16:19)  All my love, Sarah

19mins

11 Dec 2020

Rank #7

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Do Your Genes Determine Your Destiny? An interview with Geralyn Spiez

Tribe,  This interview will rock your brain! Geralyn is an Occupational Therapist, writer, and mom who challenges the medical and educational systems to do better for everyone. You will love her story and unique perspective. She writes on Medium and is the founder of the Down Syndrome Action Plan. Listen to show to find out why Geralyn says, "we have to leave space for our kids to reach their full potentials" and why she passionately proclaims, "your genes are not your destiny." All my love, Sarah 

1hr 1min

25 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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Executive Function hacks to Beat the Holiday Blues, Even in a Pandemic

Hey Tribe,  If you're feeling weird going into this Pandemic-Clouded Holiday Season, you are not alone. Flexible thinking is an executive function that is in high demand right now, and the holidays are going to call upon it loads. Plus, you might be managing disappointment, anxiety, and social pressures...all while staying safe from a mostly invisible (but so very real) health threat. Not to worry, though, this episode teaches you how to flew that brain's flexible thinking and mine your expectations for the real gold---what you seek to feel this year! We strategize the Thanksgiving struggle today, together! Pep talk is at 12:25.  P.S. Sorry in advance: I sing on this episode.  All my love, Sarah 

14mins

24 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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FUN expert, Dr Kirsten Milliken is on the show!!

Tribe, take a break and have some fun with this week's interview! Dr. Kirsten Milliken is the author of the book PlayDHD, which teaches us the science behind using PLAY to support our brains! She will explain, using science and experience, why fun is necessary, especially today, and how taking time to play can help you be more successful! She also talks about her awesome new project, WorldofADHD.com, which celebrates the art, lives, and creativity of people with ADHD! Links mentioned in the show are in the blog at: sarahkesty.com/blog/episode37. All my love to you, Tribe! Sarah

51mins

24 Oct 2020

Rank #10