119. ADHD Part 3: Executive Function

Dr. Colleen Cullinan is back for part III, diving deeper into Executive Function. This series not only takes a look at the condition from the child’s point of view, but also the parents. Dr. Gaggino asks the questions that many have thought but few have asked.  If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD, this is especially for you. Dr. Cullinan knows you. She hears you. And she gives a voice to those that have been on the sidelines. Pro Tip: listen to this with a pen and paper nearby. You’ll want to refer back to your notes often on this one.

 

[00:33 -12:42] Opening Segment

  • We’re introduced to Dr. Colleen Cullinan and continue with part 3 (of a 4 part) series
  • Picking up where we left off in episode 109 on “Executive Function”  
  • How adults and children differ in terms of Executive Function
  • The definition of “Working Memory”
  • Driving a car in terms of Executive Functions
  • Data on ADHD and car accidents

[12:46- 19:54]  Hindsight, Foresight and ADHD

  • Hindsight: working memory and time
  • Foresight: Anticipating potential outcomes in the future
  • Running through scenarios and consequences 
  • Internal dialogue as a tool to insights and behavior

[19:55 -23:57]  How to Find What’s Motivating For Kids

  • Communicating with the ADHD kid on their level, both developmentally and morally
  • Motivations are centered around “winning” or “losing”   
  • Understanding right versus wrong
  • How to deal with temper tantrums in this stage 

 

[23:58-46:13]  Understanding the Stages of Developmental Empathy in Kids

  • Stage One – Lack of Empathy or Egocentrism
  • Stage Two – Beginning Stages of Understanding Others’ Perspectives
  • Stage Three – Moral Reasoning & Perspective Taking (capable of true empathy
  • Understanding that kids are capable of true empathy, they just need time and experience with it 

[46:14 – 51:33]  Closing segment Takeaways

 

You can reach Dr. Colleen C. Cullinan

Twitter:  @ColleenCullinan

 

Links to resources mentioned on the show

 

Other episodes in the series:

Episode #88

ADHD: Strategies for Boosting Executive Function Pt I

Episode #109

ADHD: Executive Functions Pt II

 

Key quotes for Twitter:

“Kids who meet criteria for ADHD tend to be about 2-3 years delayed compared to their same age peers. And I think this is particularly true with working memory and working memory is really a tricky executive function”..  Colleen Cullinan

“There is a lot of data that suggests that folks who meet criteria for ADHD are in more car accidents and have more moving violations and tickets… colleen Cullinan

 

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