Executive Functioning and Dyslexia
Children and adolescents who are diagnosed with dyslexia, as well as other learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and/or problems in social, emotional, and behavioral functioning, often display impairments in their use of executive functions. And research shows that academic performance is linked to a variety of these executive function skills, including:
Don’t let executive functioning weaknesses keep your child or student from reaching his or her fullest potential!
In part one, learn more about the relationship between executive functioning and learning difficulties, as well as ways to identify and address these in the home and school setting.
Research has indicated 20 to 50 percent of students presenting with a specific learning disorder, such as dyslexia, as experiencing poor working memory. Notably, working memory is crucial for learning and refers to the ability to hold and manipulate information mentally over short periods of time. Children with weak working memory may have difficulty with complex reasoning, frequently engage in daydreaming, appear highly distractible and inattentive but not impulsive or hyperactive, or have difficulty applying what they learned in a previous experience to a new situation.
In part-two, learn more about the link between working memory and dyslexia, as well as actionable ways for parents and teachers to begin identifying and addressing weak working memory skills in children.
Meet Your Instructor
Nikosi Darnell, Ph.D., M.S., CCC-SLP
Clearview Speech and Consulting Services, PLLC
Dr. Nikosi Darnell is a speech-language pathologist and child development specialist with over 17-years of experience working with individuals across the lifespan. She is a qualified and proven clinician with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Language-based disorder specialty areas include dyslexia, executive function skills, auditory comprehension and expressive communication. Nikosi’s passion for working with students presenting with language-based deficits, such as dyslexia and executive function weakness, developed from working with children and their families in the home, clinic, school, and hospital setting.
The culmination of these experiences resulted in the formation of Clearview Speech and Consulting Services in 2016, a private clinic focused on addressing the needs of individuals presenting with speech- and language-based disorders. Nikosi not only focuses on individuals with speech-language impairments, but their families and caregivers as well. She believes that a collaborative approach is key to helping children reach their fullest potential.
Nikosi’s professional interests continue to focus on dyslexia, executive functioning skills, online therapy, child growth and development, clinical supervision, continuing education for parents and professionals, and virtual learning. Nikosi has enjoyed teaching online and blended courses to university level students, and continues to instruct parents, caregivers, teachers, and therapists through seminars, webinars, and conferences.