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10 Classroom Activities to Enhance Executive Function and Improve Task Completion

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Lynne Kenney, PsyD
1 Hour 43 Minutes
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Aug 25, 2016
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We’re back to school and soon children will be bringing home loads of homework. For many children academic tasks such as worksheets, projects and homework can feel overwhelming!

In Dr. Lynne Kenney’s new book, 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-regulation, Learning and Behavior (2016), she shares over 40 executive function skills. Teachers, clinicians and parents can easily implement these activities to improve sequencing, initiation, execution, task management, attention and memory skills.

Dr. Kenney will provide you with key research findings relevant to your everyday work, and transform that research into practical activities and worksheets to help your students:

  • Improve pacing and memory
  • Learn encoding and retrieval
  • Improve motivation and attention
  • Learn preview and planning
  • Maximize homework approach, initiation and execution



This online program is worth 1.75 hours CPD.



Lynne Kenney, PsyD's Profile

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Move2Think, LLC

Dr. Lynne Kenney is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students grades K-8. She develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill building strategies, and social-emotional learning. Her current educational program is CogniMoves®, a classroom cognitive-motor movement program, co-developed with Benjamin S. Bunney, MD, Former Chairman Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. CogniMoves® is designed to strengthen executive function skills in K-3 students.

Dr. Kenney is a pediatric psychologist on the language & cognition team at Wellington-Alexander Center for the Treatment of Dyslexia, Scottsdale, Arizona. She has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. As an international educator, researcher, and author, she is dedicated to improving the trajectory of children’s learning, particularly in high-need, under-resourced communities. Dr. Kenney’s books include Brain Primers, 2020 (Kuczala & Kenney); 70 Play Activities for Better thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016); the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking™, and Bloom: 50 Things To Say, Think and Do with Anxious, Angry and Over-the-Top Kids (Kenney & Young, 2015). Her most recent endeavor is Cognitivities™, an original collection of portable mats that combine music, art, and movement developed with Fit and Fun Playscapes. Launched in 2024, this is the first Roll-Out Activities® mat of its kind, helping children with cognitive skills, executive function, and self-regulation in a calming and engaging way. In development, FlowMoves™ cognitive-motor movement cards for high-need communities and families to support co-regulation and self-regulation.

Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community services with national organizations including the Neurological Health Foundation, Head Start,, HandsOn Phoenix, SparkPE, the First Nations in Canada, and Points of Light (Generation On). Dr. Kenney values working with Title I Schools.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney is the creator of CogniSuite & The Kinetic Classroom and the co-creator of 5n45. She is the co-owner of Move2Learn, LLC and has an employment relationship with Wellington-Alexander Center for the Treatment of Dyslexia and receives compensation as a consultant. Dr. Kenney receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lynne Kenney is Play Math Ambassador.

Target Audience

Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants and other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Describe the cognitive science behind learning and memory in a practical, activity-based manner.
  2. Explain how to become a “Cognitive Detective” to better see what executive functions might be road blocks to a specific student’s achievement.
  3. Model how to have “Cognitive Conversations” with students to help them move from feel distressed about their learning to feeling like empowered thinkers.
  4. Show how to fill your tool-box with 10 activities that will immediately transform your students’ learning.


  • Today’s Landscape
    • Current Issues
    • Simple Activities
    • Current Research
  • Managing Disruption vs. Time Teaching
  • Teacher Attrition
    • Facts of teacher dissatisfaction
  • Economic Costs
    • Teacher turnover
    • Drained Resources
  • What Counts
    • Attitudes and Behaviors
    • Teacher-student involvement
  • Activities
    • It all begins with you
    • I believe
    • I will connect
    • I will BEE authentic
  • What is SEL
  • 5 Core Competencies
    • Self-awareness
    • Self-management
    • Social awareness
    • Relationship skills
    • Decision Making
  • How does SEL make a difference
    • Case Study
  • Simple Actions to Make
    • Planning
    • Applying structure
    • Student mentoring and teaching
    • Being Present
  • Activities
    • Create Cognitive Conversations
    • Kindness Can
    • Bloom Kindness Keeper
    • Classroom Culture Agreement
    • Classroom Mission Statement
    • Kindness Poem
  • Cognitive Conversations that Improve Self-Awareness



Overall:      4.4

Total Reviews: 11


Julie J

"Very informative and I like the worksheets."

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