Executive Functions: Lets Stop and Make a Plan

This event is now available as a complete series.


  • Thursday, 3 September, 2020 - Saturday, 31 July, 2021
    5:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE20EFDHH

Course Information

This event is now available as a complete series.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become." Henry David Thoreau

As children sit at their primary school desks  waiting for the teacher to ask for homework books to be handed in, think about all the tasks that had to be completed for this scenario to be successfully achieved. From getting out of bed, finding school uniforms, packing school lunches and PE kits and then remembering to find the hopefully completed homework still lying on their bedroom floor. This is all before reaching the school gates. In class they need to be able to sit quietly at their desks, resist telling their friends all about their x-box gaming session till dinner time and listen to the teacher asking for homework. The entire morning required planning, paying attention, working memory, multi tasking and being able to manage your emotions. These all form part of our executive functions and are crucial for both academic and social success and to shape the young adults they one day become. They are also the skills that many children with hearing loss still have difficulties with.

This course will unpick the various cognitive processes that makes up our Executive Functions, what we need to plan a task and implement the plan. We will:

  • Explore the latest research findings from different fields looking at executive function.
  • Consider how executive function and theory of mind are linked.
  • Share case studies to recognise how executive functions impact both academic and social tasks.
  • Consider what happens neurologically as we grow up that affects executive function.
  • Focus on practical strategies and resources for boosting and supporting executive functions, from early years to primary.


  • Diana Harbour
    Diana is dual trained as a Speech and Language Therapist and Audiological Scientist and joined the Ear Foundation’s education and family team in 2005.Prior to that she worked on the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Programme. As education lead one of her primary roles at The Ear Foundation is developing and presenting courses, blended learning packages and resources. Diana’s other key role is co-leading the Ear Foundation’s  teens and young leaders programme ,helping develop  a holistic curriculum that promotes managing hearing technology, academic and social success. Diana's focus over the last few years has been looking at what skills are needed for children with hearing loss to really thrive socially with a particular interest in encouraging their social thinking and executive function skills. This has included considering how early intervention programmes need to have good foundations in social thinking to support social competence in later years.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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