Free executive function presentation Jan. 22 at North Tahoe |

Free executive function presentation Jan. 22 at North Tahoe

Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sue Rock distills the idea of “executive function” to the following: “It’s a fancy term for how parents can help their kids be more organized, less scattered, and take personal responsibility.”

Rock, a Lake Tahoe School parent and organizing force behind the school’s free Thursday, Jan. 22, Speaker Series presentation on executive function, says she has personally wished for guidance on the subject.

“As the mother of two bright and active — but distracted — boys I can say that helping your kids learn executive function skills is a gift you give them and the entire family,” said Rock. “Giving them the tools to perform seemingly simple actions such as remembering homework, lunches and sports gear keeps us all on track and much happier.”

Reno psychologists Susan Ayarbe, Brie Moore and Melanie Crawford — who consult to the Washoe County Gifted and Talented program — will engage parents on the topic beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Tahoe School flex room.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University offers the following insight regarding the importance of refined executive function in children: “When children have opportunities to develop executive function and self-regulation skills, individuals and society experience lifelong benefits. These skills are crucial for learning and development. They also enable positive behavior and allow us to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.”

This article was provided to the Bonanza by Lake Tahoe School. For more information, call 775- 831-5828.

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