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Executive Function with Seth Perler


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This is episode 73 and today I’m here with Seth Perler talking about executive function.


Seth Perler is a well-known Executive Function Coach, educator, vlogger, and guy who cares about seeing outside-the-box kids succeed. This means that he helps struggling, neurodiverse learners turn it around in a baffling system so they can launch a successful future. His weekly blog, gives parents and teachers game-changing answers in a sea of misguided educational fluff.

Help with Executive Function

In an episode about executive function, I have to remind you that the Bucket System is there to support all families (though especially families with neurodivergence and executive function challenges) through the daily tasks of individual and communal well-being. The Bucket System fosters independence through a collaborative and sensory approach to home care, self care, and homeschooling. Through this system we see our children through a strength-based lens and lean into self-directed learning, embrace neurodiversity, and provide just enough executive function support for independence and responsibility to blossom. I’m talking chores done, learning practiced, challenges supported. If any of that resonates with you, click here and join the course today.


Define: Seth defines what executive function is.

Signs: Seth goes over some indicators that your child might be struggling with executive function skills (and in the homeschooling context).

Misconceptions: Seth shares the messages that kids who struggle with executive function often receive.

Brain Wiring: Executive function challenges are characteristic of some neurodiversities like ADHD because of that underactive prefrontal cortex but Seth discusses if executive function challenges exclusive to neurodivergent brains or if neurotypical folks struggle with this skill set too. He covers what other factors can manifest as executive function difficulty.

Help: Seth shares how we can help our children (and ourselves) build up executive functioning skills.

Resistance: Seth talks about how we overcome the resistance that can come up when trying to do this work.

Neurodiversity: Lagging executive function skills can be on the challenges side of the neurodiversity coin, but brains who struggle with this particular aspect of functioning also have strengths that help them to be successful in life. Seth speaks to some of the strengths he has witnessed or experienced that come along with this style of brain writing and how we can center those strengths.


We answer the question: How does trauma affect a person’s executive functioning?

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Disclosure: When I recommend a product that I believe will add value for you, it may contain an affiliate link, and when you click the link to make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Seth’s Website

Seth’s on YouTube

Seth on IG

Seth on FB

Seth’s Executive Function FB Group

Seth’s Online Executive Function Summit (TEFOS)

Seth’s Upgrade Your Grades

Seth’s Executive Function 101

Bucket System

Wherever You Go There You Are

Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

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  1. Martina says:

    Really good podcast.
    It is important to understand how executive function skills impact a child’s development. These skills are vital for the successful completion of tasks and support the development of self-discipline and initiative.

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