December 5: The Neuropsychology of Dysregulation: Understanding and Supporting Students Who Learn Differently

David Black, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Director, Center for Assessment And Treatment (CAAT)
Chevy Chase, MD


Many students struggle with dysregulation, whether it be difficulty transitioning from video games to homework, listening to the teacher rather than talking with a friend, or having trouble regulating strong emotions when disappointed or upset. Effectively supporting a student’s ability to self-regulate requires understanding the underlying reasons why it is difficult. During this lecture, we will explore the most common neuropsychological reasons for dysregulation, including underlying anxiety, language weaknesses, inattention, inflexibility, disorganization, and slow processing speed. We will also discuss effective strategies that parents and teachers can use to help students maintain good regulation.
David Black, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist and director of the Center for Assessment And Treatment (CAAT), an integrated assessment and therapy practice serving individuals across the lifespan. With twenty years of clinical experience, Dr. Black specializes in supporting children, adolescents, and adults with learning differences, attention disorders, anxiety, and other neurological conditions that impact self-regulation. He takes a strengths-based approach and is passionate about helping individuals reach their potential.
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