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February 12, 2019
7:00 PM: Why Is This Child So Disorganized and What Can I Do About It? 
with Dr Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D.

Does your child or teen have trouble managing details and deadlines? Are they often unprepared or clueless about what is required to complete chores, homework or plan a project?  

Successful time management and task organization depend on the “executive functions (EF),” a complex, brain-based set of processes. When children or teens have delays in the development of these abilities, routine school and home tasks can lead to frustration for the adults and kids! 

How can we help these individuals to be more successful?  

This presentation will focus on what is what is known about executive functioning that can help to guide our efforts. We’ll start with a brief overview of executive functions and their development. Then we’ll talk about how parents and teachers can support these individuals on a daily basis, as well as how to help build the skills needed to manage the demands of life in the long run.


Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist with specific expertise in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with executive functioning deficits. She is the author of two books on executive functioning: Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning (Woodbine House, 2008) written with co-author Dr. Laurie Dietzel, and Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators, written with Margaret Foster, M.A. (Jossey-Bass, 2013). She is a frequent speaker both in the United States and abroad.

In her work, Dr. Cooper-Kahn brings together science, clinical experience, and an appreciation for the daily demands of those raising and teaching children. Her passion lies at this junction: where psychology informs daily life.  

For over 30 years, she has specialized in helping children, families and schools manage the full range of developmental challenges affecting children. Dr. Cooper-Kahn has worked in a variety of settings, including Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. She offers clinical services at Thinking Tree Psychology, a private mental health practice in Severna Park. She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of CHADD’s Attention Magazine, the Professional Advisory Board of Proyectodah (an education and training program to advance the care of individuals with ADHD in Mexico), and the Professional Advisory Board of CHAMPS (Children Arriving Mentally Prepared for School) in A.A. County.  

Also tonight:

8:30pm - 9:20pm: Parent Support Group with Carol Robbins, Ph.D.  
8:30pm - 9:20pm: Adult Support Group with Matt Cahill