Posts Categorized: Rebecca L Marshall

Executive Function: What is it and why is it important for academic achievement?

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Executive function is a domain of cognitive ability that is comprised of a number of distinct yet related skills, including working memory, abstract planning, sustained attention, and mental flexibility.  The executive function system allows for the regulation, control, and management of learning.  As such, it is very important for strong academic performance and the development […]

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Anxiety and Executive Function

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Anxiety can affect a child’s functioning in many different aspects of his or her daily life.  While mild levels of stress can actually improve performance for some activities, clinically significant anxiety is detrimental to a child’s emotional well-being.  Chronic anxiety may be manifested as persistent worrying about school performance, an unrelenting focus on the appraisal […]

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Managing “Scanxiety”

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The term “scanxiety” commonly refers to the anxiety, worry, and fear associated with post-treatment follow-up imaging.  A follow-up MRI or CT scan months to years after enduring cancer treatment can lead to overwhelming feelings of anxiety in anticipation of the imaging results.  One of the reasons for such anxiety is that parents and children who […]

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ADHD Screening

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By their very nature, children are often distractible.  A short attention span, especially in the face of a stimulating environment, is to be expected for many curious and interested children.  Young children are typically blessed with an abundance of energy, so they may appear fidgety and “on the go” much of the time.  While some […]

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Does My Child Have A Learning Disability?

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If your child is struggling in school despite receiving extra help, you may be wondering if your child has a learning disability. Figuring out whether your child has a learning disability, and what to do about it, can become clear with formal testing by a professional with expertise in the field. Evaluation of suspected learning […]

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