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Elizabeth Hayward

Elizabeth Hayward

Dr. Elizabeth Hayward is a neuropsychologist in private practice in New York City, providing evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Hayward is also a school psychologist at the Berkeley Carroll School. She maintains a position as a Research Scientist at the CREATE Lab at New York University. She is currently an adjunct faculty mentor in Educational Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and formerly adjunct faculty in the Applied Psychology department at New York University. Dr. Hayward consults with school psychologists, learning specialists, and school directors in interpreting neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations. She works closely with educational advocates towards securing the appropriate placement for children she has evaluated. Dr. Hayward regularly presents to parents and educators on a wide range of topics related to learning, mental health, and development during childhood and adolescence. Reach her at ehayward@neighborhoodchildpsych.com.

Recent Posts by Elizabeth Hayward:

The Relationship Between Executive Function and ADHD in Children

Editor's note: This week, we feature guest blogger Dr. Elizabeth Hayward. Please read her full bio below.

Parents of a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often learn that their child also struggles with executive functioning. Executive function skills are those self-management skills that help us to set and achieve goals, including prioritizing, planning, organizing, initiating, self-monitoring, and adapting. These skills allow a child to engage independently and successfully in goal-oriented behavior, whether it’s completing homework or cleaning her room. It can be confusing to parents how executive functioning is actually related to ADHD.  Parents may wonder, do all children with ADHD struggle with executive functioning? Does trouble with executive functioning automatically indicate ADHD in children?