Monica G. Osgood and Griffin Doyle, PhD
Where does executive functioning start and how is it fostered within dynamic relationships? This plenary will build off of Dr. McCloskey’s presentation and explore how the developmental trajectory of the parent-child bond determines vital aspects of emerging EFs. This discussion will propose that the breathtaking conversion of baby into a discrete person (separation-individuation phase) and the growth of EFs are inherently interdependent. How healthy autonomy is developed as a foundational capacity and reflects age-expected self-governing will be illustrated through lecture and video examples. A close look at executive functioning and autism and specific strategies for fostering these foundational capacities in individuals with diverse needs will be included.