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Course # 5403
Executive Function Skills: Practical Treatment Ideas

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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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This course was recorded on May 11, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(1094 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 1094 reviews

Review by: Lianna on July 28, 2015
Good visuals, good presenter, easy to access materials, etc.
Review by: Lisa on July 27, 2015
Excellent visual examples
Review by: Marianne on July 27, 2015
The strategies presented are applicable in a variety of setting/communication disorders. I was able to plan sessions for pediatric patients with language delay and adults with memory issues!
Review by: Kathleen on July 21, 2015
Information was presented in a functional way with many examples. Handouts were also very helpful.
Review by: Monica on July 18, 2015
Great examples and worksheets given to implement techniques for student to complete tasks
Review by: Lisa on July 18, 2015
I really enjoyed the graphic organizers and visuals throughout the course.
Review by: Bronwyn on June 30, 2015
I love the explicit descriptions about how to train the child to form the ideas in their brains to plan and execute projects. The idea of starting with the endpoint is SO HELPFUL. I see that this will be very useful in the coming school year with my students with ASDs. I agree that the SLP is probably the best equipped professional to treat executive dysfunction, as my experience with general education teachers, resource specialist teachers, and special day class teachers is that they really do not have the training or expertise to address these issues.
Review by: Lara on June 29, 2015
The presenter spoke with enthusiasm and provided realistic and effective intervention strategies and ideas.
Review by: Kay on June 27, 2015
Information was well organized and provided explicit examples of ideas and strategies.
Review by: Cristina on June 27, 2015
Very practical with lots of great techniques which could be implemented immediately. The presenter was also very engaging. I could barely keep up with the notes I was taking-there was so much great information.
Review by: Yazmin on June 24, 2015
The information was really complete and the flow of the presentation made it very clear and helpful
Review by: Laura on June 22, 2015
The wealth of strategies that are practical and useful.
Review by: April on June 19, 2015
Presenter provided wonderful examples of implementation of intervention.
Review by: sunita on June 13, 2015
Concrete examples were the best help
Review by: Callie on June 11, 2015
well put together
Review by: Patricia on June 8, 2015
new material and excellent practical strategies that I can implement right away!
Review by: Jennifer on June 4, 2015
Presenter was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about this topic. She provided helpful strategies and worksheets I could use in the future.
Review by: Susan on June 3, 2015
Specific wording that was suggested be used, the technique of STOP for situational awareness and examples of how to implement.I also loved the exam, with real situations that were not part of the course and made me think.
Review by: Kim on June 3, 2015
Topic relevance to school-based practice, realistic strategies and activities provided for clinician to use in reasonable time frame.
Review by: Sharon on June 1, 2015
very relevant for many students
Review by: Mary on May 31, 2015
This course is the best presentation of how to address executive functioning skills in conjunction with language therapy and interventions that I have ever attended. The strategies are practical and functional for students and can be adapted to all ages and ability levels.
Review by: Jan on May 24, 2015
So much great information and good examples of visuals.
Review by: Connie on May 21, 2015
Instructor presented information clearly.
Review by: Katherine on May 17, 2015
Wonderful organization of information; relevant to classroom success
Review by: Annette on May 12, 2015
Loved the work sheets developed
Review by: Kristen on May 8, 2015
excellent introduction of topic and good practical application with examples
Review by: Olivia on May 8, 2015
The instructor was very knowledgeable and material was organized and discussed in a way that truly made it clinically relevant.
Review by: Marna on May 5, 2015
I saw Sarah Ward at a conference and wanted to see more!
Review by: Julie on May 2, 2015
great information presented in fantastic fashion
Review by: Janet on May 1, 2015
Sarah met the criteria I use for a valuable presentation. She didn't merely tell us about EF, but gave us materials to implement activities immediately and the resources to continue to learn the subject more deeply. My only disappointment is that even though this course was recorded in 2012, nearly 3 years ago, it has not been transcribed (see below).
Review by: Sara on April 27, 2015
A lot of practical strategies were included
Review by: Angela on April 26, 2015
Great examples
Review by: Karen on April 22, 2015
Tons of great and relevant ideas!
Review by: Meghan on March 21, 2015
Strategies are related and useful for the school based SLP. Examples of how to use the strategies were illustrative and helpful to put ideas immediately into practice.
Review by: Jodi on March 19, 2015
Excellent use of strategies to implement during therapy to improve executive functioning.
Review by: Maria on March 16, 2015
It contained the theoretical foundations of the concept as well as numerous concrete examples I can use tomorrow!
Review by: Chelsea on March 16, 2015
organization of information
Review by: Heidi on March 16, 2015
The information and slides
Review by: rose on March 15, 2015
So well organized without extraneous information. Rationale for some of the therapeutic techniques.
Review by: Tanya on March 14, 2015
Sarah did a wonderful job of presenting the information and the strategies are functional and easy to implement immediately.
Review by: Jessica on March 14, 2015
The handouts!!! The video was excellent and much needed to help understanding. I liked how the presenter focused on therapy strategies.
Review by: Megan on March 14, 2015
Review by: Dalia on March 11, 2015
Great presentation! I will be using all the suggestions in my work and at home with my own kids.
Review by: Sharon on March 5, 2015
Review by: Jessica on March 4, 2015
Excellent examples and a variety of resources provided.
Review by: gail on February 27, 2015
I loved all Sara's suggestions. I learned a lot of new information and developed a new way of looking at my clients.
Review by: Kristi on February 27, 2015
Loved all the examples of strategies and activities
Review by: Alisha on February 25, 2015
The strategies can be implemented immediately for students of all ages!
Review by: Jill on February 22, 2015
This was a terrific, fantastic, wonderful course. She is an excellent speaker and I learned a lot of new things. All of the examples were very helpful. Thank you.
Review by: Susan on February 20, 2015
This was my first online course ever and my first course on executive functioning skills. I loved that the presenter gave examples of how to work on skills and how to use activities (i.e., sequencing cards) to teach skills.
Review by: Shareka on February 8, 2015
Great explanation of all areas with clear examples, and practical application
Review by: Shanell on February 5, 2015
This course was extremely practical and provided tools I can use in my next therapy session. I watched this with my resource room teacher and we are going to plan an executive function "boot camp" for a group of our students. I feel that this course was approachable and informative.
Review by: Judith on January 31, 2015
She provided a lot of applicable handouts and examples which were supported with thorough descriptions of how to use them with clients immediately following the course.
Review by: Nicole on January 27, 2015
helpful techniques and handouts and templates.
Review by: Melissa on January 25, 2015
Great material that is useful immediately!
Review by: Carol on January 22, 2015
This was very 'useable' information. I can put it into practice tomorrow!
Review by: Joselynne on January 7, 2015
Practical strategies & good examples
Review by: Julie on December 31, 2014
Many wonderful strategies discussed in detail
Review by: Ava Lee on December 31, 2014
Well organized, excellent pacing, practical examples and new ideas.
Review by: Heather on December 31, 2014
Detailed and practical
Review by: Courtney L. on December 30, 2014
The examples offered
Review by: Amy on December 30, 2014
Good information but narrow scope to schools
Review by: ESTEBAN on December 30, 2014
Very practical and full of examples!
Review by: Krystal on December 29, 2014
Informational, clearly presented, and applicable
Review by: Louise on December 29, 2014
The topic is relevant to my work. The information was stated clearly, lots of examples and the speaker kept to her material. The material was clearly illustrated several times and ways.
Review by: Kristen on December 29, 2014
Had so many wonderful examples of activities to work on the executive functioning skills!
Review by: Jennifer on December 29, 2014
Very good examples of applications
Review by: Margaret on December 28, 2014
The examples, modeling, and therapy connections provided make the information ready to implement in therapy.
Review by: Elizabeth on December 28, 2014
highly engaging, loaded with great practical strategies
Review by: Judith on December 28, 2014
The organization of material and practical strategies.
Review by: Dianne on December 26, 2014
The information was presented in an organized and interesting way. I loved the practical suggestions. The examples helped me understand the concepts more clearly.
Review by: Chana Rivka on December 25, 2014
material was excellent, fast paced
Review by: Sandra on December 19, 2014
All the applicable examples, explanations, and handouts
Review by: LAURIE on December 19, 2014
valuable information, especially grids to work on figurative language
Review by: Stephanie on December 15, 2014
great material with many examples to demonstrate meaning
Review by: Tangela on December 14, 2014
Application ideS
Review by: Ashley on December 14, 2014
The information presented was useful and presented in an organized way.
Review by: Kelli on December 12, 2014
She was very articulate and knew her material well. Love all of her examples and resources.
Review by: Melissa on December 8, 2014
Real-life examples!
Review by: Kimberlynn on December 7, 2014
The references and examples---wonderful!!!
Review by: Mary on December 6, 2014
The flow charts and visuals helped make the concepts clear.
Review by: Jan on December 1, 2014
The examples she gave of strategies and how to do them
Review by: Heather on December 1, 2014
The numerous examples of strategies made it an excellent course.
Review by: Eleen on November 30, 2014
Too many to list all. Here are some that helped me in particular: The organization and clarity of examples truly taught the practical application of how to treat executive dysfunction. These handouts are useable and easy to understand, and examples targeted a range of functioning levels. You also included classroom interventions as well as therapy work. Applicable to school SLPs, but also can be modified for the acquired population. It was helpful that you actually used or demonstrated the language used for the student, the process was clear and easy to understand, and imitate. Also reflecting back on the things we usually do with students and how they may not teach them independence or provide them with the skill to figure it out or obtain the skill themselves (e.g., figurative language, timed timer) was helpful in understanding the connection between language and executive function therapy.
Review by: Gemma on November 26, 2014
Great practical examples.
Review by: Alyson on November 23, 2014
Gave great examples and tools to implement into the classroom
Review by: Necole on November 19, 2014
Ms. Ward was an excellent presenter! She gave background information, and illustrated it with very helpful examples and practical strategies. She explained which skills should be mastered first and why. She gave contrasting examples of the typical child's thoughts when assigned a task and then compared how a child with executive functioning challenges would respond. Truly remarkable course. Wish classroom teachers could view it. Thank you Ms. Ward! The resources listed on the download and mentioned in the course are fabulous too! I will definitely search out more of your courses!
Review by: Lisa on November 15, 2014
The speaker was very knowledgeable and gave specific examples of intervention strategies to use for common classroom problems r/t executive function deficits.
Review by: Sarah on November 10, 2014
This course gave visuals and step by step instructions on how to help a child with executive functioning difficulties. It will be easy to use these strategies in my own work.
Review by: Susan on November 9, 2014
Sarah was an excellent communicator. The handouts were simple in nature but excellent in quality and easy to follow. She gave very practical examples that helped to convey the information she was trying to get across. She seemed relaxed in her presentation and quite knowledgable.
Review by: Carey on November 8, 2014
Very informative, great examples and rationale, engaging presenter, good powerpoint
Review by: Deborah on November 6, 2014
Great practical ideas. This will be useful information for me to use with my own teen as well.
Review by: Lisa on November 6, 2014
Sarah has a relaxed, informative presentation style that mixes science and practical strategies that are easy to incorporate immediately. I can't wait to start right away with my students and share the information with teachers I work with.
Review by: Amy on November 5, 2014
The strategies suggested are easy to implement as an SLP but also to share with general education teachers and parents. Sarah presents the strategies in a visual way and connects them to real situations.
Review by: Kathryn on October 29, 2014
It was clear, concise and practical!
Review by: Meta on October 24, 2014
Review by: Renee on October 24, 2014
Well organized and functional strategies that are easy to implement
Review by: Laurel on October 22, 2014
the use of materials and examples
Review by: Janeil on October 14, 2014
1) Descriptions of what impaired exec. functioning looks like and 2) therapy strategies that can easily be implemented
Review by: Collin on October 10, 2014
Speaker and Topic

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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).

Disclosure: Financial Disclosure: Some of the compensatory aids discussed in this presentation are sold by Cognitive Connections, a company owned in part by the presenter. She has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

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Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

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