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Executive Function Skills: Practical Treatment Ideas

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Executive function skills give us the prospective to consider and voluntarily control our thinking, mediate our emotions, and regulate our behavior. They are the "higher thinking brain" skills compared to the reactive "lower brain" impulses. This course will highlight many practical tools to teach students to know how to plan for and begin tasks, internalize routines and effectively make transitions. Learn innovative techniques to support a student in developing an internal ability to sense the passage of time and to self-monitor pace to complete tasks within planned time frames.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to explain what the Executive Function Flowchart Model is and how it can be used for directing treatment decision-making.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain how self regulation, information processing, cognitive shift are foundational CORE curriculum skills and provide at least 3 ideas for providing related treatment.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain how and self management of time, space and materials are embedded in the CORE curriculum standards and provide two ideas for providing related treatment.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction
5-15 Minutes Overview of Executive Function Flow Chart Model
15-35 Minutes Treatment techniques to increase self regulation, speed of information processing and cognitive shift
35-55 Minutes Treatment techniques to increase self management of time, space and materials
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

sarah ward

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC-SLP

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 16 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with language learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, executive dysfunction, Asperger’s disorders and social pragmatics . Her particular specialty is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.  Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders.  A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally and nationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.  She has presented to and consulted with over 300 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.  Awards received include the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2002, 2011).


Presenter Disclosure: Some of the compensatory aids discussed in this presentation are sold by Cognitive Connections, a company owned in part by the presenter.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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