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Centre for Family Research

Centre for Family Research Seminar Series. Tuesdays, 11am-12pm. Join us in person at the Old Cavendish Building or sign up via Eventbrite to join us online:

Empowering parents to foster children's early executive function development, in two different contexts

Speaker: Dr Alexandra Hendry

Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. 


In this talk Dr. Hendry will introduce two co-developed and evidence-informed approaches to empowering parents to foster their children’s goal-directed behavioural and cognitive control skills (known as executive functions): The Playful Packs project addresses barriers to engagement in parent-child activities, amongst UK families from less-advantaged backgrounds ( The Supporting Toddlers with a connection to autism or ADHD to develop strong Attention, Regulation and Thinking skills (START; is a neurodiversity-affirming programme which aims to support executive function development through: increasing opportunities for toddlers to practise executive function skills in enjoyable ways that can be embedded into day-to-day life; recognising how parents already support their child’s development, and empowering them via peer-support to develop their knowledge and confidence further; and promoting accommodations and adaptations to meet children’s individual needs so that they are best able to use their executive function skills.

The talk will be followed by a short Q&A.


When and Where

In-person: Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, Department of Psychology, Downing Site.

Online: Sign-up via Eventbrite.

Tuesday, 16 January, 2024 - 11:00 to 12:00