Author Archive - Wendy McKernon, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Beyond the Three “Rs”: Why Executive Functions Help Kids Succeed

I recently attended a presentation at my children’s school and was interested to learn that they planned to incorporate executive functioning skills instruction into the curriculum beginning in the early grades. The idea behind this is to provide instruction in effective “learning to learn” strategies early so that they are habits by the time they’re […]

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The Downside of Cramming

What’s the best way to approach learning? How can we teach our kids more effective study strategies? I imagine that we can all recall times when we have “crammed” for a final exam. For some, that strategy may be effective in the short term – perhaps yielding a good grade on that particular test. However, […]

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Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Concussions have been receiving a great deal of attention in the Boston media recently, which has raised awareness of the potential long-term consequences of experiencing multiple blows to the head.  Concussions are common, particularly in children who play contact sports.  Many of us have experienced a concussion ourselves or know someone who has.  In fact, […]

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