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Lisa presents on Executive Functioning Skills and Healthy Behaviors at Salisbury Academy

It was a pleasure speaking to this supportive community of educators and parents about identifying when your child needs additional support with executive functioning skills and practical ways to improve at home and in the classroom.

Lisa Podell Presents at The Rankin Insitute

It is an honor to speak at The Rankin Institute each and every year. The theme remains the same: Ways parents can model executive functioning skills for their children. However, each year I update and refine the details based on what I’ve learned as an educator and a parent. This year I added a new segment on how to get present before jumping into a task that requires focus, patience, and attention, like this 90-minute talk I was giving to 50+ participants.

The next time you or your child are transitioning from one task to the next and it’s important to bring your full attention, consider the following:

  • How can I eliminate distractions in my physical space?  (silence your phone, close your laptop, and distance yourself from other people’s conversations)
  • How can I eliminate distractions in my mental space? (write down the ideas or stressors that are cluttering up your mind)
  • Increase focus (3 deep breathes, jumping jacks, push-ups, something that gets you out of your head and into your body: increase that heart rate!)
  • Create calm (3 deep breathes, 1-2 stretches or yoga poses, listen to relaxing music)

Better Sessions at The Rankin Institute

Lisa Podell, owner of Better Sessions spoke to 60+ parents and educators on the topic of How to Model Executive Functioning Skills for your Child. Over the course of the evening, parents learned how to expand their toolkit with new ways to successfully communicate with their child, integrate executive functioning skills into their daily tasks and create customized goals to experience immediate, positive changes. 

Parents and Teachers Participate in Better Sessions Workshop at The Rankin Institute.

Lisa Podell, Owner of Better Sessions


Better Sessions Teaches Time Management Workshop at GenOne

Our Learn Better Coaches, Stacy Long and Chad Beveridge facilitated a Time Management Workshop for high school students who participate with GenOne, a nonprofit organization that partners with talented, first-generation students from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them successfully navigate to and through college. The workshop focused on executive functioning skills, communication, and growth mindset.

Learn Better Coach, Chad Beveridge facilitates Time Management Workshop

Better Sessions Provides Professional Development

Charlotte Country Day has an excellent team of tutors who offer services to their students. Lisa Podell, owner of Better Sessions trained the tutors on how to integrate executive functioning skills into their sessions so students could learn how to plan and prioritize their schoolwork, manage their time, study efficiently and eliminate distractions.

Lisa Podell, Owner of Better Sessions Provides Professional Development