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The Relationship between Executive Functioning & Attention Deficits: How to better support your child’s engagement within and outside the classroom

When your child is confronted with multiple tasks, how do they decide what to do first? Executive functioning refers to the skill set that manages decision making and goal setting behaviors. Students with attention deficits and learning differences may struggle with time management, organization and prioritization. Today’s presentation explains the role of executive functioning and suggests action items to manage stress and build confidence.

Jessica Rae Shore is the founder and director of Encompass Tutorial Services, LLC. She studied at The University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in European History and Classical Studies and received a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Classical Languages. While teaching at UT Austin, she developed an educational and tutorial approach focused on executive functioning behaviors.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with special needs or has particular challenges yet to be identified; whether they are spirited, struggle with reading or writing, or have sensory issues; whether they have learning, emotional, or behavioral differences, or fall into the quirky kid category, we’ll explore the means to help you help your child here in the Westlake area with monthly guest speakers and parent discussions. This series is targeted toward parents of children throughout Eanes ISD, whether in public, private, or home schooling, and is open to everyone.

Some past presentations are available on the Westbank Library YouTube Channel.

Questions?  Please contact Denise Bluestein at or Barbara Paier at

Please read these ground rules ahead of the conversation:

  • Please keep your camera on for the discussion and provide your name.
  • Mute if there is background noise.
  • Respect the privacy of others by not reporting what you hear in this conversation with any specificity or attribution.
  • Be respectful and listen when others are speaking.
  • Allow everyone’s voice to be heard that wants to be heard.