Recorded Workshop

Executive Function Challenges in Teens: How it Impacts Academics and How You Can Help

February 28, 2024 12:00 pm EDT/EST

This workshop was hosted live on the date noted above, you can view the recording and download the handouts below.

Father helping his teenager son with homework indoors

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About This Workshop

  • Does your teen have trouble keeping track of school work? 
  • Do they have a hard time staying organized, doing homework or managing their time
  • Maybe they forget to write down assignments, don’t submit their work or even have trouble following directions? 

When kids have trouble keeping track of their stuff and keeping up with schoolwork we want to help. But nagging, reminding, coaxing and punishing, you’ve probably already discovered, really don’t help and can cause harm to an already struggling teen. Your child may have issues related to executive function skills. 

Executive Function (EF) is a term we hear so often, but what exactly does it mean? This workshop will walk you through what executive function skills are and how they may be impacting your teen. We will also discuss how executive functions and ADHD as well as depression, anxiety and other challenges work hand-in-hand. We will offer evidence-informed strategies your teen can start implementing right away to improve academic performance. 

  • Click the button above to watch the recording of this workshop previously hosted.  Come learn proven, effective solutions that quickly produce positive results giving you more clarity and confidence. If you are looking for more support email our Parent Guides at
  • For additional support, check out the Quick Video Solutions Library, Inspire School Success for Middle & High School Explore the Video Solutions and Handouts for all the classes including School Success: Inspire Motivation and Engagement, Stress The Brain and Emotional Well-being in your Teen 

After this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define executive function skills and challenges 
  • Recognize how executive function challenges impact academic performance especially in students who have ADHD, anxiety, and/or who are underperforming in school 
  • Apply strategies as a parent to help your teen improve executive function skills and academic performance

Meet your Instructors

Susan Schaefer

Education, School Success, Executive Function,

M.Ed., M.A.T.

Ruth Freeman

Mental Health, School Age, Relationships,



  • adhd
  • anxiety
  • learning
  • organized
  • school success

Age Category

  • Teens & Young Adults
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