Adolescence Childhood

Executive functions: What are they and why are they important

Expert: Dr Bettina Hohnen
Masterclass structure: 11 lessons (37:34 minutes)

Also available in podcast: Listen here

About this class

Executive functions are a really important set of skills that we use in our everyday life. They are planning, flexibility, organisation, self-regulation…. As you can tell, mastering them helps us to do well in life. However, sometimes children have difficulties with some or all of these skills. In this masterclass, Dr Bettina Hohnen explains how parents can support their children to develop and strengthen these skills. This masterclass is of interest to every single parent. Watching it is highly recommended!!


About the expert

Dr Bettina Hohnen works as a Clinical Psychologist with children, parents and communities to help strengthen relationships between adults and young people, by translating rapidly developing neuroscience into practical and actionable strategies. She believes that relationships are at the heart of wellbeing.
Her academic achievements include two doctorates and she is a senior teaching fellow at UCL, lecturing widely at graduate and post-graduate level. Read her books (The Incredible Teenage Brain: everything you need to know to unlock a teen’s potential, 2019 and How to Have Incredible Conversations With Your Child, 2021) to understand how to create an environment that balances the need to protect young people and provide fertile ground for growth and development. Bettina is the mother of two children, now in their early twenties.

Lessons in this class

11 Lessons (37:34min)
The complete masterclass 36:46
1. Lesson - Meet your expert 0:46
2. Lesson - What are executive functions and how do we teach them? 3:45
3. Lesson - Let's discuss a case: Flexibility issues 6:07
4. Lesson - Let's discuss a case: Lack of motivation 4:28
5. Lesson - Let's discuss a case: How our own history influences our parenting 2:49
6. Lesson - The good and the bad parent 6:35
7. Lesson - Quality time vs quantity time 3:20
8. Lesson - When to bring in professional help 4:22
9. Lesson - The importance of scaffolding 2:37
10. Lesson - What about neurodiverse childen? 1:24
11. Lesson - Take home message 1:21

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