#075 – Understanding More About Your College Student’s Brain

The concept of Executive Functioning is a popular way of looking at some of the skills that college students need to succeed. Understanding how your student’s brain develops during the college years will help you support your student as they practice managing their lives. In this episode Vicki interviews Lynn to learn more about the challenges that college students often face as they struggle to master planning, organizing, prioritizing, and problem solving. Lynn shares strategies that help students grow their abilities – and some of the success stories she’s seen.

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We turned the tables on Lynn in this episode and I interviewed her. She works with students every day who have learning differences, so she was the ideal person to try to help us all understand more about how our students’ brains work and what this thing called Executive Functioning is. You definitely want to sit in on this conversation.

Lynn also helped us understand the specific skills involved and why they matter so much for students. Whether your student seems to sail through school – and life – or whether they struggle, this conversation is going to help all of us help our students.  It’s never too late to start.

One thing that this episode will surely help you do is better understand the scramble of the many terms we use – sometimes interchangeably. While it helps to understand the differences between all of these terms, Lynn also cautioned us as parents to pay attention to behaviors and not worry too much about putting labels on what you see.

I wasn’t going to let Lynn off the hook in recommending some books for parents (and I knew she couldn’t wait to share), so if you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out these titles.

Children Who Fail at School but Succeed in Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived by Mark Katz.

The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain to Keep Up, Stay Calm, and Get Organized at Work and at Home.  by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

Brain Hacks: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning by Lara Honos-Webb.

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