"Dr. Phil" and Nachum Segal (NSN Radio Interview)

“Phil, I think it goes back to 1997, when I came to you to save my voice…” Nachum Segal

“Phil, I think it goes back to 1997, when I came to you to save my voice…” Nachum Segal


Enjoy this personal and inspiring interview, as Nachum Segal brings his radio show to the streets of Riverdale, NY and meets-up with his friend, “Dr. Phil.”

Enjoy listening to these two friends as they discuss:

  • Nachum’s amazing voice, and how he takes care of it….

  • Practical tips for taking care of your voice…

  • Tips for people who stutter…

  • Two amazing stories from Dr. Phil

  • And then, a twist: Nachum reveals his own “stutter” story


Executive Function Matters: Get it done

You need these skills to get things done -
at home, at school and at work.

This post is inspired by Ptach director Dr. Judah Weller. (Scroll down to see my presentation, videos and resources.)
I had the privilege to kick-off the school year for the city-wide staff of Ptach, in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Weller asked me to present the topic of “The Language of Executive Function.”
The result was magnificent launch to the school year. Along the way, in the “research and preparation stage,” I discovered valuable insights and practical tips for the staff.

I also was surprised how much I found to help myself understand my work processes (and my own mishegas). Then, after the presentation was over, my inbox was filled with feedback from the exceptionally experienced and sophisticated staff of Ptach. They told me how much the workshop helped them understand and help their students - and also how relevant it was for them, in their own lives!


These skills enable us to organize, plan, and execute tasks on daily life.

Think about it - executive functioning skills are required for life. Whether we’re in school, at work or at home - you need these skills to get things done.

  • organizing your stuff - and your time…

  • planning a long-term project…

  • juggling multiple tasks and responsibilities - even as more get added on the go…

  • setting goals and readjusting work-life balance…

  • scheduling your days and weeks…

  • making sure you fit-in (and show-up for) meetings, travel, self-care, leisure, food prep, social life and exercise…

  • getting to work, picking up milk on the way home and remembering to call the doctor between 11-11:15.


Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
  • Response Inhibition

  • Memory

  • Working Memory

  • Emotional Control

  • Sustained Attention

  • Task Initiation

  • Planning/Prioritization

  • Organization

  • Time Management

  • Goal‐directed persistence

  • Flexibility

  • Metacognition

  • Stress Tolerance


  • Smart But Scattered by Peg Dawson

    This book has been adapted with several different versions, for kids, teens and adults as well as a clinical guide. You can also access much of the material in these free downloads.


    This website is full of amazing infographics, videos and worksheets to create checklists, calendars and advocacy for parents, teachers and working with kids. Click here for free executive function materials.

  • Our Workshop Slides

    See my presentation below, loaded with videos, infographics and more free resources.

VIDEO: What Is "Word Retrieval"?

Click to start watching

It’s more miraculous that any of us can put a sentence together fluently; then it is surprising that some children have hiccups in their fluency!
— Uri Schneider

See this conceptual slideshow presenting the “speech process”


(Adapted from our mentor, Dr. Ed Contour)


25 ways to ask your kids "how was school today?"

how to get more out of your kids

The school day is a vulnerable one. As parents, we look forward/hope/worry for our kids to be in a “good place” with educators who care about our kids, and ensure our kids are (1) safe and (2) learning.

As parents we want our kids to tell us more.
As kids, they can frustrate us with their one-word responses.

In the morning, we hand-them off, putting our precious kiddos in the care of others. And at the end of the day we want to catch-up, hear about their day, make sure they’re “OK” - and also make sure "“we are OK” with the arrangements so we can bring them to school tomorrow with the most comfort and ease.

(Til tomorrow, when we start “wondering” all over again… Repeat…)


  1. Use close ended questions more than open-ended questions.

    Closed ended: What was one thing you liked today?

    Open ended: Tell me all about your teachers? Classes? Friends?

  2. Make it fun and curious more than interrogation style machine-gun questioning.

    I wonder who did something kind today? or I wonder who had the best lunch today?

    As opposed to: Did you get any homework? What did you get on your math test —- English test —-science test? Did your art teacher say anything about your painting? Did that boy bother you again?

  3. Choose the time and place to inquire, typically sometime after the moment they get off the bus.

    Think about giving kids time to decompress, unwind and even “veg-out.” After . along day, they might be as wiped as we feel after a long day at work. We might be better of having a chat after some quiet time, a snack, and some soothing activity…

    Bed time, bath time and dinner time are all good times to consider for having a chat about the day.

Make it FUN and PLEASANT!

We were inspired with ideas from a recent article in Huffington Post.

  • Where is the coolest place at the school?

  • If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?

  • If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?

  • If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?

Click here for the original article.


Think these could work for your kids? Try it out and let us know how it goes!