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Executive Function: Brain-Based Tools & Strategies to Help Kids and Families Cope with the Unexpected

Lynne Kenney, PsyD |  David Nowell, PhD
1 Hour 31 Minutes
May 14, 2020
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We know that change can be hard for young people.  But what about unexpected, prolonged, uncertain-of-when-it-will-end change?

Join executive function experts Drs. Lynne Kenney and David Nowell for this compelling 90-minute training on:

  • How the stress of unexpected change impacts the brain
  • The variety of feelings kids experience in the face of change
  • Brain-based tools and strategies to help kids and adolescents refocus, reconnect, and regulate
  • And more!

This recording is a must for anyone working with young people today.  Don’t miss this opportunity to add more brain-based interventions to your clinical toolbox – purchase today!



Lynne Kenney, PsyD's Profile

Lynne Kenney, PsyD Related seminars and products

Move2Think, LLC

Lynne Kenney, PsyD, is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students grades K-6. Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning.

Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate in Psychology from Pepperdine.

Dr. Kenney’s books include 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior with Rebecca Comizio (PESI, 2016), the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™ (Mrs. Beetle’s Books, 2017), Musical Thinking™ (Unhooked Books, 2016), and Bloom: 50 Things to Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids with Wendy Young (Unhooked Books, 2015). Her professional development platform, The Kinetic Classroom, brings executive function education and cognitive-motor movement to educators and clinicians worldwide.

Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service from the inner cities of Los Angeles to national organizations such as the Neurological Health Foundation,, HandsOn Phoenix, and Points of Light (Generation On). She values closing the education gap in poverty and enjoys working with Title I schools.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney maintains a private practice.  She is an author for St. Lynn’s Press, Better Life Media, Inc., and Move 2 Think, LLC.  Dr. Kenney is the creator of The Family Coach Method.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


David Nowell, PhD's Profile

David Nowell, PhD Related seminars and products

Clinical Neuropsychologist

David Nowell, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Northborough, Massachusetts. He offers consultations to patients on an inpatient rehabilitation unit and is an adjunct instructor in neuropsychology to graduate students in the Clark University psychology program. He serves as a physician advisor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School Disability Evaluation Service where he was the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Assessment Program. Dr. Nowell writes a popular blog at Psychology Today on motivation and time management and speaks internationally to clinicians on such topics as executive functioning, non-medication management of ADHD, and applying findings from Positive Psychology.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. David Nowell maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Clark University, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Disability Determination Services, and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital. He is a presenter with TATRA Training and receives compensation. Dr. Nowell receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. David Nowell is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the ADHD Coaches Association (ACO), and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).

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  1. Appraise the impact of significant, unexpected life changes on kids’ brain function. 
  2. Implement brain-based interventions to reduce anxiety, depression, and dysregulation in kids. 


Cause to Pause:  When Kids’ Internal Compasses Have Been Shifted

  • Something has happened – and it has activated BIG feelings, including grief
  • Kids have experienced sudden, significant shifts in their lives
  • The body and brain are reacting and adapting constantly!
  • How does this affect the brain:  Default mode network, the stress response, and the corticostriatal loop

Brain Tools & Strategies:  Guiding Kids & Families Toward a New Normal

  • The Thinker and the Caveman
  • Don’t dominate – collaborate!
  • “Front of Mind” Goals
  • Journaling, drawing, painting, writing, and colouring
  • Establish new routines, rhythms, rituals, and schedules
  • HEDYDT? “how exactly did you do that?”
  • Increase BDNF and GDNF
  • Green time v. screen time
  • And more!

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children

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