Parent Education Series 2019-20

The Student Support Team (SST) Parent Education Series brings an exciting mix of programs related to raising healthy children and young adults. These free speaker series are open to St. John's parents as well as the broader Dallas community. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

On Friday, October 11, our first Parent Education Speaker Series will feature Emily Visinsky, who will speak on the topic of Executive Function (EF). In the next few Parent Newsletters, we will highlight some key EF skills and some strategies for how you can help your child strengthen them. 

What are Executive Functions? EFs are skills that allow individuals to execute tasks and manage oneself in order to achieve a goal.  


Self-control is the ability to resist impulses and adjust behavior at appropriate times. Children who struggle with self-control often have difficulty with interrupting others, getting out of their seat at the wrong times, and getting in trouble when unsupervised. These children benefit from structure and a clear set of rules/expectations.


  1. Exercise and sleep are key!
    Aerobic exercise increases brain connections that support self-regulation and executive functioning. In terms of sleep, children ages three to give require 10 to 13 hours of sleep, children ages six to 13 require at least 10 hours, and teenagers need nine to 10 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Improve delayed gratification by creating opportunities for your child to wait.
    Ask them to think about a future reward/privilege/interest and remove/hide/look away from temptations. Use phrases such as “First [work], then [play].”
  3. Be clear about desirable behaviors.
    Clearly define rules and expectations and revisit these periodically.  Consequences should be immediate and logical.
To reserve your spot, please register below.

Register here

All events will be held at: 

Lower School Science Lab
St. John's Episcopal School
848 Harter Rd.
Dallas TX, 75218


For more information, please email Dr. Staci Bloom for more information.