Global Webinar Series – Winter 2022

Executive Function Skills in Everyday Life: From Research to Intervention


Drs Lina Patel and Deborah Fidler
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
12pm – 1pm MST

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In this session, Drs. Fidler and Patel will explain how executive function (thinking skills like working memory, flexibility, problem solving, and inhibition) impact a person’s ability to learn and navigate daily activities in home, school, and work environments. They will also review the latest research on patterns of executive function strengths and challenges in people with Down syndrome. Take home recommendations will be discussed throughout the presentation, along with strategies for strengthening executive function skills in daily routines and activities.

Dr. Lina Patel, PsyD, is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, practicing at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Patel is the Director of the Down Syndrome Behavioral Health Collaborative, a virtual clinic providing tele-behavioral health services to children, teens and young adults with Down syndrome. She provides consultation with schools, parent training regarding the management of challenging or unsafe behaviors, toilet training, and desensitization to medical devices (such as hearing aids and CPAP) and procedure-related distress. She has worked with hundreds of individuals with Down syndrome. Outside of her clinical work, she conducts research as the Director of Neurodevelopmental, Behavioral and Cognitive Assessment at the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome. Additionally, she has presented to numerous organizations across the country and internationally and is the coauthor of “Potty Time for Kids with Down Syndrome: Lose the Diapers, Not Your Patience.”

Dr. Deborah Fidler, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Prevention Research Center Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Division at Colorado State University. Her research expertise is in the area of lifespan development in individuals with IDD, with a particular focus on cognition and self-regulation in individuals with Down syndrome. Dr. Fidler currently serves as Co-Editor of the International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities and recently completed a four-year term as Editor of the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has published over 85 articles and chapters on cognition and intervention in children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.


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