Psychology Colloquium: Improving Executive Functions in Autism: Key Principles and Empirical Findings

Speaker

Lauren Kenworthy, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Director, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Children’s National Health System

Title

Improving Executive Functions in Autism: Key Principles and Empirical Findings

Abstract

This talk will make, and empirically support, the following arguments:

  • 1. Executive Function (EF) is fractionated, plastic and controls the regulation of cognition, behavior and emotion (hot and cool)
  • 2. EF is necessary for social, adaptive and academic functioning
  • 3. EF may offer a more precise target for treatment than diagnosis (RDoC)
  • 4. EF is globally impaired in ASD, but Flexibility, Organization and Planning/Working Memory problems predominate
  • 5. EF is best treated in everyday settings, following accommodations, using self-regulatory words and routines

Faculty Host

Chandan Vaidya

Friday, April 5 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm


White-Gravenor Hall, 206
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Event Type

Research

Audience

Students, Faculty/Staff

Departments

Georgetown College, Psychology

Website

https://psychology.georgetown.edu/

Event Contact Name

Psychology Department

Event Contact Email

psychology@georgetown.edu

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