Ask Ellen: How to Develop Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

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Topics: Learning + Attention Issues, Q+A

Executive function skills are essential for kids to thrive at school and at home. Planning, staying organized, and managing time are important for academic success and balancing the responsibilities of daily life. But what if your child is struggling with these skills?  

In our latest Ask Ellen Live Q&A, our co-director Dr. Ellen Braaten took questions directly from parents, teachers, and caregivers. Tune in to learn how you can help boost your child’s executive function skills as they transition back to school.    

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Episode produced by Joshua Eng  

Music by Dr. Gene Beresin 

Special thanks to Monique Costa, Mass General Social Media Manager, and the Mass General Marketing Department

We are deeply grateful to Lavinia Clay and the Clay Center Advisory Council for supporting our Ask Ellen Q&A series. Their steadfast commitment to the Clay Center’s mission makes our work possible. 

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Sara Rattigan

Sara Rattigan, Communications Director

Sara Rattigan, MS is the former communications director for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and a public health communicator whose passion has always centered around innovat...

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Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD

Ellen Braaten, PhD, is executive director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, and former co-director for the MGH Clay Cente...

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