Mindful Solutions for Kids and Teens: ADHD & Other Executive Function Deficits
This 12-session therapeutic coaching program for youth (grades K-12) and their parents applies mindfulness-based solutions to the challenges of living with ADHD & other Executive Function Deficits.
The brain’s executive command center, located in the pre-frontal cortex right behind your forehead, is the seat of self-regulation in all human beings. This is the command center of the neural circuitry that helps us control our attention, memory, impulses, emotions, and behaviors. It’s also the center of critical and creative thinking.
The executive functions of the brain include:
- Focusing and sustaining attention
- Planning and organization
- Working Memory
- Initiating and completing tasks
- Self-monitoring and self-correcting
- Inhibiting impulses
- Regulating emotions
This part of the human brain is the last to develop in all individuals. In fact, it doesn’t come online fully for most of us until around age 25! All children and teens have difficulties sustaining their attention, inhibiting their impulses, delaying gratification, and controlling their emotions. And some kids (as well as adults) have more difficulty with these skills than others.
Children and teens with ADHD, for example, tend to have a 30% developmental delay in their attention and self-regulation skills. ADHD is a neurologically-based condition that makes it harder for these kids to do what they know their supposed to. Not impossible, but harder.
And some kids have Executive Functioning Deficits that don’t meet the full criteria for ADHD, but they still struggle to pay attention, remain organized, and keep an even keel throughout the day.
All of these kids, and their caregivers, need help understanding what they’re up against and how to manage these difficulties successfully. That’s what this Mindful Solutions Coaching Program for ADHD is all about.
In this treatment program, you and your child will learn how to:
- recognize the ways that stress & ADHD interact and how to break the negative cycle
- accept your child’s impulsive temperament and harness it for optimal functioning
- apply mindfulness practices that improve attention & organization skills
- strengthen resources for coping with your child’s Executive Function Deficits
- grow your child’s overall sense of resilience and well-being.
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