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Brain Power: Developing Executive and Memory Functions


Saturday March 8

8:45- 9:45am   

Queensland Academy Science Maths Technology, Bywong  Street, Toowong

Executive and memory functions are the most important part of the brain and primarily responsible for academic achievement.  The executive function of the brain is responsible for exercising self-control, managing impulses and focusing attention.  Students need to draw on the executive power of the developing brain as they learn to organize their time, prioritise tasks, remember and utilise specific skills, maintain focus, exercise impulse-control, think flexibly and strategically.  Memory strategies contribute significantly to learning. 
 Parents can help students to use their brain power by introducing daily habits that improve executive and memory functions.  By making small daily changes, students can find better ways to think, learn, remember and improve academic performance.  Introducing habits in learning, organisation, play and daily household activities can have an impact upon developing cognitive function.  There are many strategies that can be adopted by parents to assist a child to improve their brain power by building executive and memory functions.
Michele Juratowitch is Director of Clearing Skies, providing a range of services to support high-ability children, their families and schools.  Michele provides counselling for gifted children, adolescents and adults; conducts parenting programs and is a frequent presenter at schools, universities and conferences. She has been a regular guest lecturer in the postgraduate course for teachers and parent courses at the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC) at UNSW. Michele was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study the intervention needs of gifted children, adolescents and their families