College Hosting Executive Function Conference

June 8, 2022

The Dyslexic Foundation [TDF] has partnered with Bermuda College to host a week-long conference focusing on executive function.

A spokesperson said, “ It is the first time the Foundation has joined with an institution of higher learning to host its national conference, drawing educators and practitioners from around the world.”

Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed, Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at the College, said, “Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things.”

The spokesperson said, “Research has indicated that various executive function disorders have actually escalated during the pandemic. People with neurodevelopmental disorders like dyslexia or ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder], or neurological disorders like epilepsy often struggle with executive functions.

“Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, and some personality disorders, may also feature executive function disorders.

“The Conference is hosting a public session – free of charge – for parents, educators, social workers or anyone interested in wanting to learn more about executive function, this Saturday, June 11 at the new Athene Lecture Theatre on the College campus, from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

“Dr. Curtis-Tweed described it as a great opportunity for those who have, know, or teach children who need learning support, or for parents who have children, or educators who may teach students who may be exhibiting mental health issues, but who may have not been formally diagnosed.”

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