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Peg Dawson, Ed.D.

Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success

12.0 CE Hours Available

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Participants will be able to:

  • brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction
  • how executive skills impact school performance and daily living
  • key strategies for improving executive skills in students, including 1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills, 2) how to design protocols for teaching executive skills, and 3) how to use incentives effectively to encourage students to engage in the practice necessary for improving executive skills
  • critical features of a coaching method geared to improving school performance through supporting executive skill development

Topics Covered

Overview of Executive Skills (ES)
  • Definitions
  • Underlying Theory
Assessment of Executive Skills (ES)
  • Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
  • Behavior Rating Scales
  • Formal/Informal Assessment
ES in the Context of Special Education/RTI
  • Strength/Weakness Profile Versus Disability
  • 504 Accommodations Versus Special Education
  • Promoting ES Development within an RTI Framework
Introduction to Interventions
  • Executive Skill Profiles in Adults
  • How understanding our own executive skills profiles can improve how we work with others to improve their executive skills weaknesses
Intervention 1: Modifying the Environment
  • Changing the Physical or Social Environment
  • Modifying Tasks
  • Changing the Way Adults Interact with Students
Intervention 2: Teaching Executive Skills
  • Bedroom Cleaning
  • Teaching Students How to Pay Attention
  • Teaching Students to Make Homework Plans
  • Teaching Students an Organizational System
  • Teaching Students to Control Emotions
Intervention 3: Using Incentives to Encourage Practice
  • The benefits of using incentives or rewards
  • Simple incentives
  • Elaborate incentives (specific examples provided)
Whole Classroom Adaptations for All 3 Intervention Strategies
  • Incorporating all 3 strategies into whole-class routines
  • Seminars for middle or high school
Coaching - Part I
  • Theoretical underpinnings of coaching
  • Coaching job description
  • Fundamentals of Coaching for Academic Success
  • Coaching Students to Promote Positive Social Interactions
Coaching—Part II
  • Group Coaching and other coaching adaptations
  • Coaching Examples

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J&K Seminars, LLC is approved to sponsor continuing education by :
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an AOTA (The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.) Approved Provider of Continuing Education (Provider # 5180). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for our programs and contents.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC, provider #1080, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) , (through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. J&K Seminars, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 01/27/2015 – 01/27/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an NAADAC Approved Education Provider #757
  • State of California - Board of Behavioral Sciences - Courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number BAP #758
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is a registered social worker continuing education sponsor for Illinois social workers(Lic # 159.000833)
  • Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners
  • J&K Seminars, LLC SW CPE #0174 has received conditional approval from the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work to offer continuing education to licensed social workers, effective 6/17/2015. The Department may subsequently notify J&K Seminars, LLC that a particular course or courses is/are not acceptable. This conditional approval is in effect until the Department makes a final determination to approve or deny J&K Seminars, LLC application.
  • Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) for D&A professionals (ICRC/AODA) # 271
  • All programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Board of Social Workers, Professional Counselors, and Marriage and Family Therapists
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the PA State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists Provider Number # 483
  • J&K Seminars, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors #1835