Executive Functioning and Learning

with Sharmila Roy, PhD and Stacey Soderquist, MA

Executive Functioning and Learning

Episode 1, Season 4 | August 29, 2023

Show Notes

Our brains are not fully developed until the mid-20s, so it’s no wonder that our adolescents still need help with the all important executive functioning skills. In this episode, we talk about the often underestimated yet pivotal aspect of cognitive growth: executive functioning in teens. 

Tune in as our guest host, Natalie Tamburello, discusses executive functioning with Dr. Sharmila Roy, and Stacey Soderquist both from The Schwab Learning Center at CHC. They talk about real-life scenarios and the impact of executive functioning skills on our ability to complete a task, plus how we can nurture executive functioning skills to empower adolescents to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. They also explore the role of organizational tools and communication techniques in enhancing these cognitive abilities.

Guest Info
Sharmila Roy headshot

Sharmila Roy, PhD, has served as the Program Chair of the Educational Therapy certificate program at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension since 2014. She also teaches classes on Educational Therapy, Culture and Cultural Diversity and Neurodivergent Learners. Sharmila has over 25 years’ experience in special education – primarily in teacher training, classroom interventions and curriculum development. She is committed to providing services to the underserved and has worked in private practice as an Educational Therapist, as well as in the non-profit sector and helped many families to navigate the special education system for their children. She has extensive experience working in K-7 classrooms and one-on-one with exceptional students especially in the area of multi-sensory mathematics learning for students with learning differences and executive functional skills.

Stacey Soderquist headshot photo

Stacey is a learning specialist with the Schwab Learning Center at CHC. She has over 20 years of experience working with neurodiverse clients, their families and the community. Prior to joining the SLC at CHC Stacey served as a developmental behaviorist working with the twice exceptional, learning differences and autism populations. Stacey uses client centered positive behavioral approach to help clients develop successful daily living, social and executive functioning skills across environments. Stacey also works with parents, teachers and other community supports to ensure a team approach to building success with her clients not only during her sessions but throughout life. As a mother of two teenagers, Stacey knows the challenges that come with parenting as well as the challenges many students face in the home, school and community settings. During her free time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, watching soccer and reading.