The Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast

Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast

    Join Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran on an adventure to translate scientific jargon and brain research into simple metaphors and stories. They explore topics that will help you turbocharge your mind and steer around the invisible barriers so that you can achieve your goals.  

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    #66: Diet and Executive Functions

    In this episode of the Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran explore the impact of diet on executive functioning. Erica shares her personal journey with diet changes that helped her overcome colitis and cancer. They discuss essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, with supportive research on their cognitive benefits. Various diets, including the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, Mediterranean Diet, and Ketogenic Diet, are investigated for their potential to enhance cognitive function. The hosts also emphasize the importance of avoiding processed foods and sugars to maintain optimal brain health. Tune in to learn practical tips for improving your diet and cognitive performance.

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    #65: The New CHAT GPT 4.0: Impact on Processing

    Welcome to the Executive Function Braintrainer Podcast with hosts Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran. This episode dives into the new release of ChatGPT 4 O and its significant potential to revolutionize support for individuals with dyslexia, ADHD, and executive function challenges. The discussion includes how AI's advanced multimodal capabilities can provide personalized, real-time feedback and scaffolding for various learning functions. They emphasize the importance of leveraging AI to make educational processes easier and more accessible, while also calling for investment and development in AI tools tailored to specific neurodiverse needs. The episode envisions a future where AI acts as an intelligent co-pilot, facilitating efficient and effective learning and problem-solving for all users.

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    #64 How Sleep Powers Executive Functions

    In this episode of the Executive Function Brain Trainer, hosts Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren explore the crucial connection between sleep and executive functions. They review the research on how sleep deprivation and sleep quality affect the brain's prefrontal cortex, influencing working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Aimed at educators, parents, and professionals, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tips to enhance mental acuity through better sleep habits. Listeners will gain actionable advice to improve cognitive health and overall well-being.

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    #63 Exercise and Executive Functions

    In this episode of the Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast, Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren explore the connection between exercise and executive function. They delve into research that reveals how acute (single session) and chronic (regular) aerobic exercise can enhance executive functions across various age groups. Studies indicate that acute exercise significantly improves cognitive functions like inhibition and selective attention, while chronic exercise supports working memory, attention, and flexibility. The hosts also discuss the potential mechanisms behind these effects, such as increased brain oxygenation and neurotransmitter release, and analyze what these findings imply for students and professionals.

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    #62 New AI Developments and Executive Functions

    In this episode of The Executive Functioning Brain Trainer Podcast, Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren explore the revolutionary intersection of AI technology and executive function. They discuss how AI tools like ChatGPT, and Storied can transform the way individuals think through problems, and also how it can enhance executive functions in schooling and the workforce. The conversation also highlights tools like Perplexity, a research and conversational search engine that uses AI-powered chatbots to provide answers. This episode offers a future-focused perspective on how AI is reshaping learning and thinking for individual of all ages.

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    #61 Flipping Disabilities into Abilities and the Impact on Executive Functioning 

    In this episode of the Executive Function Brain Trainer podcast, hosts Darius and Erica offer an exploration into redefining the term “disability”. With empathy and professional insight, they explore the definitions of disability provided by the ADA and the Equality Act 2010. They challenge the traditional view of 'disability', advocating for a more inclusive understanding of cognitive diversity. The episode is enriched with compelling stories to highlight the unique gifts that emerge from thinking differently. This conversation serves as a heartfelt affirmation that what are often seen as weaknesses can be significant strengths, celebrating the creativity, problem-solving skills, and compassion inherent in embracing cognitive diversity.

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    #60: Mind Mapping and Executive Functions in the Workplace

    In this episode of the Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast, hosts Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren unravel the magic of mind mapping, presenting it as a simple yet powerful tool designed to empower individuals facing challenges with executive function. The episode delves into the unique benefits of both hand-drawn and digital mind maps, illustrating how they can aid in organizing thoughts, enhancing memory, and clarifying ideas. The discussion also covers strategies to strengthen the inner voice, visualize concepts, and improve focus and emotional regulation, all aimed at making tasks feel more manageable. The hosts extend their conversation to the practical applications of mind mapping in everyday life, from planning and organization to supporting higher-level executive functions like reasoning.

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    #59: Understanding EF and Processing Speed Part Two

    In this episode of the Personal Brain Trainer, Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren offer a continued discussion on the impact of executive functioning on processing speed. They cover how improving executive functions such as working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility can speed up information processing and lead to better learning outcomes. The hosts offer strategies to help individuals adjust their processing speed, including ways to enhance cognitive processing and tips for slowing down to improve comprehension. Aimed at parents, tutors, and educators, the episode provides practical advice and supportive insights for assisting learners in navigating their processing speeds.

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    #58 Executive Functions and Processing Speed Part 1

    In this episode of "The Executive Function Brain Trainer," hosts Darius and Erica explore the critical role of processing speed in learning, work, and personal development. They clarify the characteristics of processing speed, including how information is perceived, interpreted, and responded to. The discussion also covers factors influencing processing speed, such as age, neurological and psychological conditions, and lifestyle choices. Through their examination, the profound impact of processing speed on academic achievement, workplace productivity, and social interactions is revealed.

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    #57 Executive Functions and Gamification

    In this episode of "The Executive Function Brain Trainer," Darius and Erica explore gamification and Executive Function (EF). They discuss how games increase motivation and happiness as well as foster a shift from passive to active learning. In addition, they talk about how games can develop essential skills like working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Their conversation covers practical strategies for different age groups, from preschool to adults, ensuring that learning is inclusive, adaptable, and resonates with everyone's unique journey. Whether you're a parent, educator, practitioner, or tutor, join us to discover how EF games can create a safe, engaging environment for developing crucial life skills, and ultimately, shaping conscious learners who are motivated, flexible, and ready for life's challenges.

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    #56 Executive Function and Time Blindness

    In this episode of the Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast, Darius and Erica explore the challenges and solutions surrounding time management, a common hurdle for individuals with executive function difficulties. The conversation focuses on recognizing signs like underestimating task duration, being frequently late, and struggles in starting or completing tasks. They explore practical, empathy-driven strategies and technology tools such as time tracking apps like Toggl and Clockify, structured scheduling using Google Calendar, visual aids like Time Timer, and engaging with mindfulness apps like Headspace and Calm. Additionally, they discuss innovative time management tools like Forest and Focus@Will, along with coping mechanisms for when time slips away using platforms like Asana and Trello.

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    #55 Nurturing Executive Functioning Skills in Modern Organizations

    In this episode of "The Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast," Erica and Darius engage in a dynamic discussion about applying executive functions in educational and organizational contexts. They cover the transformative impact of working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility on both individuals and groups. Highlights include exploring the roles of educators as facilitators, the reflection of executive functions in effective meeting strategies, and the importance of recognizing diverse processing styles in teams. Additionally, they discuss practical methods for strengthening executive functions and the use of diagnostic tools. This episode offers invaluable insights for anyone looking to enhance collaborative and cognitive skills in learning and working environments.

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    #54 Executive Function and Tablet Note Taking Apps

    In this episode, Darius and Erica investigate note-taking apps and their impact on executive function. They explore how these digital tools are gateways to improved attention and preparedness, offering a variety of helpful features. Join them as they uncover a series of tips and tricks.

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    #53 Navigating Executive Function Tests and Screeners

    In this episode of "The Executive Function Brain Trainer Podcast," Erica and Darius explore a range of diagnostic and assessment options, including clinical interviews, real-world observations, and functional neuroimaging. They also discuss various screeners and rating scales like the EFCS and BRIEF, as well as standardized neuropsychological tests such as the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and Stroop Color and Word Test. This episode is a treasure trove for parents, tutors, and educators, offering an in depth understanding and strategies to support individuals with executive function challenges in a compassionate, jargon-free manner.

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    # 52 Leveraging Claude Ai for Executive Functioning: Tips & Strategies

    In this episode, Darius and Erica discuss how Artificial intelligence like Claude is transforming how we can support executive functioning skills. With a massive 70,000 word memory, Claude provides context that enhances working memory and metacognition. We explore how this AI tool can analyze social interactions, provide coaching feedback, track client progress over time, and generate new perspectives. When used strategically, AI can strengthen organization, task planning, and cognitive flexibility.

    The key is mindset - viewing AI as an augmentation of human skills, not a replacement. By offloading processing, Claude enables greater focus on higher order thinking and analysis. Let’s journey into this exciting frontier together!

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    #51 Episode 51 Revamped SATs: How the New Format Affects Students' Executive Functioning

    In this episode, Erica and Darius unpack the upcoming SAT overhaul. What's changing, and why? How will it impact students with learning differences and executive function? We explore the pros and cons of timed testing, the role of test accommodations, and innovative ways assessments can empower neurodiverse minds. Join us for an insightful discussion on the past, present and future of the SAT - and what this transformation could mean for students everywhere.

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    #50 Executive Function and Voice Typing Apps

    In this episode of The Personal Brain Trainer, Darius and Erica explore the world of voice typing and how it helps with executive function. They discuss the cognitive benefits of voice typing, its applications for individuals with dyslexia and ADHD, and practical strategies for using voice typing to enhance productivity. Discover the power of assistive technology, the future of note-taking apps, and how to streamline your writing process. Tune in for valuable insights and tips to unlock your mind's potential in this engaging and informative discussion.

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    #49 Executive Functions and Text to Speech Apps

    Join Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren in the latest episode of the Personal Brain Trainer Podcast.  Learn about the transformative power of text-to-speech. This episode discussion is for parents, tutors, and educators eager to harness alternative learning methods. Explore practical tools, app recommendations like Voice Dream Reader and Speechify, and thoughtful discussions on improving reading comprehension and working memory. Whether it's about enhancing vocabulary or unlocking the potential of voice-enabled tech for those thinking differently, this episode offers a comprehensive roadmap for rethinking the way we interact with text in both educational and professional settings.

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    #48: Hot and Cold Executive Functions: 

    Darius Namdaran and Dr. Erica Warren offer a lively discussion on 'hot' and 'cold' executive functions—a subject deeply explored in theoretical and empirical literature for over two decades. This episode presents the distinct neural systems in our brain that support these functions, guiding us in social situations and higher-order cognitive processes. 

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    #47: Medications and Executive Functionings

    In this episode, Erica and Darius explore the topic of medication as a supportive tool for enhancing executive functions such as inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. With special focus on ADHD, dyslexia, and other conditions that influence executive skills, they explore:

    • The role of stimulant medications.
    • Non-stimulant options
    • Potential roles of supplements and dietary changes in enhancing cognitive functioning.

    Remember, medication is not a one-size-fits-all solution and should always be considered after exploring other options and as part of a broader treatment plan. Consult your healthcare provider to tailor the best course of action for you or your loved ones.

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    #46 The Inner Voice and Executive Functionings

    In this episode of the Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, Darius and Erica dive deep into the relationship between our inner voice and executive functions. They answer the big questions: What is the inner voice, and how does it affect our ability to think and act efficiently? You'll discover the different types of inner voices that exist, from the cheerleader to the critic, and understand how these subconscious dialogues can be transformed into powerful tools for success. Especially beneficial for parents, tutors, and educators interested in dyslexia and executive function, this episode aims to empower you with actionable steps to cultivate a constructive inner dialogue, boosting not just academic performance but emotional resilience as well. Don't miss out on this enriching conversation designed to improve both your understanding and your approach to executive functions.

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    #45  AI and the Socratic Method

    In this insightful episode of "Personal Brain Trainer," Darius Namdaran delves into a unique perspective on artificial intelligence (AI) and its connection to the Socratic Method. Together with Dr. Erica Warren, they explore how AI can be utilized to enhance executive function skills and encourage out-of-the-box thinking through inquiry and reflection. Drawing inspiration from Socrates' approach to teaching, they discuss how questions and responses can provoke curiosity, foster exploration, and build understanding. 

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    #44 AI Capabilities with Memory and Processing

    In this episode of The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, join hosts Erica and Darius as they dive deep into the fascinating world of artificial intelligence (AI), its likeness to the human brain, and how it interacts with our memory systems. They unpack the functions of language models like GPT, which Erica describes as a procedural memory powerhouse, and Darius compares to an "inference machine" that predicts and processes language in a similar way to our brains. Will AI impact our personal and professional lives? How does it affect data privacy, copyright laws, and overall human intelligence? And most importantly, how can AI tools like Chat GPT support those of us with unique cognitive profiles, such as dyslexia? Tune in to explore these questions and more, and let's journey together into the future of cognitive science and technology.

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    # 43 Exploring Interactive, Indirect Experience, Direct Experience, Rhythmic Melodic Ways of Processing

    Tune into this enlightening episode of The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, where hosts Erica and Darius journey into the diverse realms of interactive, indirect experience, direct experience, and rhythmic-melodic processing. Understanding these unique cognitive styles can vastly improve our executive functions and how we interpret and interact with the world. From the collaborative brainstorming of interactive learners to the in-person approach of direct experience learners to the rhythm-driven minds of melodic learners, we explore strategies to accommodate each unique style. Whether you're drawn to shared experiences or beat-driven patterns, there's something to learn and apply in this exciting exploration of brain processing.

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    #42 Exploring Sequential, Simultaneous, Reflective Logical, and Verbal Ways of Processing

    In this episode of The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, Erica and Darius guide us through the dynamic world of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic processing. As we navigate our everyday lives, our brains and executive functions decode the world around us via multiple sensory channels. Dive in as we unpack each processing type, providing a comprehensive understanding of how we interpret visual stimuli, sounds, tactile experiences, and movement. This episode will also provide valuable strategies to accommodate and enhance these unique learning pathways, promoting more effective, inclusive, and immersive learning experiences. Whether you're a visualizer or kinesthetic learner, there's something for everyone in this sensory symphony. Get ready to embark on a journey of cognitive exploration and self-improvement.

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    # 41 Exploring Visual, Auditory, Tactile and Kinesthetic Ways of Processing

    Episode 41 In this episode of The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast, Erica and Darius guide us through the dynamic world of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic processing. As we navigate our everyday lives, our brains and executive functions decode the world around us via multiple sensory channels. Dive in as we unpack each processing type, providing a comprehensive understanding of how we interpret visual stimuli, sounds, tactile experiences, and movement. This episode will also provide valuable strategies to accommodate and enhance these unique learning pathways, promoting more effective, inclusive, and immersive learning experiences. Whether you're a visualizer or kinesthetic learner, there's something for everyone in this sensory symphony. Get ready to embark on a journey of cognitive exploration and self-improvement.

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    #40 Memory Strategies Improve Executive Functioning

    Episode 40: In this episode, Darius and Erica dive into the interplay between memory and executive functioning. Learn about internal and external memory techniques as well as specific strategies that can be used to enhance memory. This episode offers a multitude of insights, whether you're a student eager to boost academic performance or a lifelong learner striving to optimize cognitive abilities.

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    #39 Metacognition and Executive Functioning

    Episode 39: In this warm and engaging episode, Erica and Darius explore the intriguing world of metacognition and executive functioning (EF). Discover how these interconnected cognitive processes shape the way we think, learn, and problem-solve. Perfect for students, teachers, or anyone with a curiosity about the human mind, this episode offers research-backed insights and practical strategies for developing metacognition and enhancing executive functioning. Join us as we dive into self-reflection, active learning, and goal-setting techniques designed to unlock your full potential in both daily life and academic pursuits. Your personal brain training journey starts here!

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    #38 Neurodiversity and Executive Functioning

    Episode 38: In this episode, Erica and Darius explore the impact of neurodiversity on executive functions, discuss the importance of accommodating diverse ways of processing, and promote inclusive environments. They share valuable strategies to break down complex tasks, encourage self-reflection, and leverage technology to support individuals with unique learning needs. Tune in to learn how to empower neurodiverse individuals to thrive in their personal and professional lives.

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    #37 Organization and Executive Functioning

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    Episode 37: Discover the link between organization and executive functioning in this episode of the Personal Brain Trainer Podcast. We delve into how being organized can boost productivity, reduce stress, and enhance overall well-being. Learn about the key components of executive functioning and how they contribute to maintaining an orderly and efficient life. Tune in to unlock the secrets of effective organization for a better, more balanced life.

    #36 Time Management and Executive Functioning

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    Episode 36: In this episode, Erica and Darius discuss the importance of time management and ways to evaluate and improve this skill. They share practical techniques like creating a schedule, prioritizing tasks, time blocking, delegating tasks, and managing distractions. They also recommend a variety of apps for tracking time and improving productivity. Tune in to learn how to manage your time more effectively and efficiently.

    #35 Artificial Intelligence Improves Productivity and Creativity 

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    Episode 35: This episode explores how artificial intelligence like OpenAI's Chat GPT can be used to improve our productivity and creativity.  Come listen to the discussion.

    #34 Executive Functioning and Google Apps

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    Episode 34: This episode investigates the benefits of using Google Apps such as Drive, Docs and Keep to name a few.  This in depth discussion also dives into some key features within the apps.

    #33 Executive Functioning and Apple Apps

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    Episode 33: Darius shares the recent iOS upgrades that make Apple apps the most convenient productivity tools that can support your executive functioning. Come listen to the discussion.

    #32 COVID and Executive Functioning

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    Episode 32: This episode explores the impact COVID can have on Executive functions. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continued long term physical and cognitive symptoms may impact as many as 1 in 5 adult survivors of the illness.

    #31 Goal Setting and Executive Functioning

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    Episode 31: In this episode, Darius and Erica discuss the relationship between goals to executive functioning and how to make and execute them.

    #30 Creating a Daily Practice to Aid Executive Functioning

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    Episode 30 delves into the benefits of establishing a daily practice and the impact on executive functions.

    #29 Executive Functioning Offers Tools to Access Your Best Self

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    Episode 29 explores how developing our executive functioning skills helps us access our best self.  

    #28 Expedition Planning: Lessons in Executive Functioning

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    Episode 28 explores the executive functioning tools required to have a successful expedition.

    #27 Executive Functions at Work

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    Episode 27 offers advice on workplace accommodations for those with EF problems.

    #26 Parental Support When Kids have EF Problems

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    Episode 26 offers a discussion on the many ways parents can support their children that exhibit executive functioning difficulties.

    #25 Our Personal EF Hacks: Cognitive Flexibility

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    Episode 25 presents a discussion on cognitive flexibility hacks and Dr. Warren and Darius Namdaran teach to their students and use in their own lives.  

    #24 Zoom and Executive Function

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    Episode 24 offers a discussion about Zoom and how it can be a helpful tool for executive functions.  Erica and Darius also discuss the platforms limitations. 

    #23 Our Personal EF Hacks Inhibitory Control

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    Episode 23 offers inhibitory control hacks.  Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran talk about their personal strategies as well as the approaches and tools that they teach their students.

    #22 Our Personal EF Hacks Working Memory 

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    Episode 22 presents working memory hacks.  Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran talk about their personal hacks as well as the approaches and tools they teach their clients.

    #21 Do I Have ADHD and Does it Impact Executive Functions?

    Episode 21 offers a discussion about ADHD, the symptoms and how it impacts the areas of executive functions.

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    #20 What is Auditory Processing?

    Episode 20 offers an indepth exploration into auditory processing and all the different types.

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    #19 The Impact of Vision on Learning

    Episode 19 offers a discussion about how different vision weaknesses can impact learning.  Additionally, we discuss a variety of compensatory strategies.

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    #18 Related Areas to Visual Processing

    Episode 18 offers a discussion on a number of cognitive areas that work in tandem with visual processing. Additionally, we discuss a variety of resources that can be used to enhance these cognitive skills.

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    #17 What is Visual Processing?

    Episode 17 offers exploration of visual processing and the vital key it plays in learning visual information. In addition, we also discuss how it is a fundamental skill for reading, math, and spelling.

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    #16 Executive Function and Memory

    Episode 16 offers exploration of the connection between working memory and long-term memory.

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    #15 Learned Helplessness

    Episode 15 offers a discussion about learned helplessness and its impact on learning. Strategies that can help students move through learned helplessness and embrace learning are also addressed.

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    #14 How Do You Teach Writing Skills?

    Episode 14 offers a discussion on how we teach writing skills to our own students as well as a number of key tools that make the process fun and memorable.

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    #13 How to Motivate Students to Do Their Homework

    Episode 13 offers a discussion on motivation. We also talked about how to properly praise a student.

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    #12 How Executive Functions, Dyslexia and ADHD Relate

    Episode 12 offers a discussion about executive functions, dyslexia, and ADHD relate.  

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    #11 How Do You Teach Executive Functioning?

    Episode 11 offers strategies and methods for teaching executive functions.

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    #10 Building a Routine for Improved Executive Functions and Memory

    Episode 10 focuses on the importance of building a routine for improved executive functioning skills. 

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    #9 Strategies to Help Improve Executive Function Skills

    Episode 9 explores 12 simple strategies that can be used to improve executive functions.

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    #8 What are Higher Level Executive Functions?

    Episode 8 looks that the uniting force of working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility to reveal higher level executive functioning skills.

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    #7 Exploring Cognitive Flexibility

    Episode 7 offers a spotlight on cognitive flexibility - the third key area of executive functions. 

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    #6 How Inhibitory Control is essential to Executive Function

    Episode 6 presents a deep dive into inhibitory control where Erica and Darius discuss the many feature of this EF skill.

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    #5 Overview of Executive Functioning

    Episode 5 covers an overview of executive functions and looks at the three subsets of EF: working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility.

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    #4 What is Working Memory and How Can We Strengthen This Skill?

    Episode 4 offers a deep dive into working memory - one of the key components of executive functions and an outstanding indicator of academic success. 

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    #3 Becoming Unconsciously Competent: Learning to Automaticity

    Episode 3 defines learning to automaticity and discusses how this needed skill can be used for academic areas that require multitasking such as reading and writing.

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    #2 How Can We Exercise and Improve Visualization Skills?

    Episode 2 offers a deeper exploration into visualization. and Erica and Darius explore how to improve visualization skills. 

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    #1 What is Visualization and How Can it Help Struggling Learners?

    Episode 1 presents a discussion about visualization and how it can be a secret weapon to learning for struggling learners. 

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    Introduction

    Our Introduction Episode tells the public about our podcast project.  We focus our discussions on executive functions and strategies to optimize our learning potential. 

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