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King Alfred School

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I am delighted to announce the subject and speaker for this term's KASTalk for Parents. Dr Bettina Hohnen is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children and families. She is an expert in the area of Paediatric Neuropsychology, which considers the relationship between brain and behaviour.

Dr Hohnen, also a current KAS parent, will be giving a talk entitled: Lost, Late and Underprepared: How to help students with Executive Function challenges Flourish for parents on Thursday 1st March at 7pm at the Phoenix Theatre on our Ivy Wood site.

The term 'Executive Function’ describes a set of skills that reside in the front part of the brain which help us to plan and organise our responses, behaviour and emotions. Strong EF skills are known to predict success socially, emotionally and behaviourally throughout the lifespan.

Children and young people with Executive function (EF) challenges are bright and able, but just can’t manage their daily lives. They are seen as lazy and unmotivated and adults become increasingly frustrated by their apparent difficulty in doing the ‘basic things’ in life. These are the kids who repeatedly forget to complete homework, leave their belongings littered all over the school, have great ideas but can’t get them down on paper and just don’t seem to be reaching their potential. However, whilst some children have significant difficulties with Executive Functioning, all children struggle to some degree and knowing how to support their development in your child is extremely beneficial for now and the future. It is a set of skills that can set your children up for life, giving them resilience and protection for the future.

This talk will start with an overview of how the brain develops and learns and will explain how EF weaknesses impact on daily life and what can be done to support their growth and development. This talk is relevant for all parents with children across of both primary and secondary age.

Dr Hohnen has many years experience of assessing children for specific learning difficulties and is an expert in understanding the impact of cognitive vulnerabilities on functioning. She is passionate about helping adults and young people understand behaviour in the context of their cognitive profile to enable children to reach their potential academically and to ensure the path to success is as smooth as possible. Her most recent project is co-founder of Connections in Mind which is a service that coaches children to develop their ‘executive skills’ to support independent learning and enable greater success in both academic and personal lives www.connectionsinmind.co.uk.

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