Matt Fasano-McCarron, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist fluent in American Sign Language who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology. He serves Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and young adults with a wide variety of complex medical conditions and developmental disorders. He provides neuropsychological evaluation, psychotherapy, and other clinical services through the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Boston Children's Hospital and is a Fellow at Harvard Medical School.
Duo presentation with Peter K. Isquith
We have learned much about the development and disorders of executive function, or self-regulation, in children over the past quarter century. More recently, researchers have focused on relationships between self-regulation and language in Deaf and hard of hearing children, who show greater variability in executive function that is often associated with language development. Given that these essential self-regulatory functions are related to most aspects of living, including communication and social, academic, attentional, behavioral, and adaptive functioning, it is important to support their development beginning in early childhood and continuing into adolescence. In just the past few years, we have turned our attention from understanding and measuring executive function to what we can do to enhance these self-regulatory functions in all children. The wealth of the evidence shows that a collaborative problem-solving model with everyday routines using everyday “coaches” are the most effective for helping children develop better self-regulation. This presentation will review evidence in support of a common skills-based model of executive function that leads to parent and teacher supported development of self-regulation in the child’s everyday real-world environment.