Episodes

Episode 6: How to Prepare for College Success

Episode 6: How to Prepare for College Success

It might be a little late in the game if you are just beginning to formulate a parenting strategy for your college-bound student so that they will communicate, collaborate, or reciprocate to parental guidance. Recently at a parent coffee meeting, a few folks came up to me to ask how ‘hands-on’ or ‘hands-free’ they should be with their high school kids. On today’s podcast, my dear friend and esteemed colleague Nancy Beane will explain how the parenting work for “college-readiness” begins in high school or even in younger grades. She will discuss what students themselves can do to prepare themselves for the realities of a multifaceted college life where you and only you are in charge of your success.

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Episode 5: The Starter Key to “Adulthood”

Episode 5: The Starter Key to “Adulthood”

As parents, we pride ourselves on getting our teenagers ready to take off and succeed on their own. We have placed them into schools with a similar hope that they will leave prepared with skills to make good choices and to adjust to new challenges. But is that
enough? There is no disagreement among experts that it takes more than just raw talent to succeed in school, a job, or in life. So what does it take? On today’s podcast, my dear friend, esteemed colleague, and college counseling expert Nancy Beane will discuss the nature of the relationship between the ‘noncognitive factors,’ often referred to as soft skills, and college readiness. She believes that the key to a solid start to adulthood is well-developed Executive Function.

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Episode 4: Executive Function Skills Can Be Explicitly Taught

Episode 4: Executive Function Skills Can Be Explicitly Taught

It’s hard to sympathize with a kid who never finishes his classwork on time, doesn’t put away his toys without a reminder, or cannot seem to carryover that love and focus for video games into school work. Strong Executive Function skills are required to stay engaged, get organized, control impulsive actions, and rein in inappropriate emotional reactions. On today’s podcast, our guest Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of “Smart but Scattered,” will share how these crucial ‘habits of mind’ can be taught explicitly.

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Episode 3: The Untold Story of “Failure to Launch”

Episode 3: The Untold Story of “Failure to Launch”

In recent years, Hollywood has glorified and glamorized the stories of “epic failures to launch” with great humor and light-heartedness. The untold story behind each failure is an utter lack of discipline, no impulse control, and zero goal planning. The brain’s executive function skills interfere with all the ingredients for a launch: one’s persistence, planning, prioritizing, and execution. On today’s podcast, Dr. Peg Dawson will discuss what is Executive Function and how it helps us to “launch” ourselves.

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Episode 2: Training, Learning, & the ADHD Brain

Episode 2: Training, Learning, & the ADHD Brain

No doubt that the child who is late, disorganized, and scattered needs help. But are you lecturingpunishing, or giving zeros to that child in hopes that he will stop messing around and just get over it? On today’s Podcast, Dr. Russell Barkley will discuss ways to improve the brain’s Executive Function skills so that children can succeed in learning and life. He emphasizes that the most important premise in training is to help the ADHD student “perform” the strategies and not just ‘know’ them.

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Episode 1: Unraveling Human Self-Regulation

Episode 1: Unraveling Human Self-Regulation

Anyone struggling with inattention or distractibility, general impulsivity, and poor motivation is going struggle with learning. However, conventional wisdom trivializes underachievement related to these struggles and there’s a risk that the sufferers may not get proper help they need. On today’s Podcast, Dr. Russell Barkley will discuss how the brain’s Executive Function brings behaviors under its control and directs actions towards successful learning.

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Episode 0: Introduction to the Full PreFrontal Podcast

Episode 0: Introduction to the Full PreFrontal Podcast

I am excited to announce that the Full PreFrontal Podcast has officially launched! Each episode will be a conversation between me and a top researcher, neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, educator, learning expert, or thought leader about the inner workings of the brain. These are not just theoretical discussions or academic conversations – each episode is focused on translatable ideas and applicable strategies that you can use right away to become more self-aware in order to guide and mentor yourself or others to facilitate an inner change.

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