6 CE Hours Credit - Postponed Until February 5, 2021
Students with executive skill deficits present tremendous challenges to both parents and teachers who often find themselves frustrated by children whose problems in school seem to have little to do with how smart they are or how easily they learn.
Dr. Peg Dawson will describe executive skill deficits and ways to intervene in school and home.
Overview of Executive Skills
• Underlying Theory
Executive Skill Development Across the Lifespan
• Normal executive skill development from infancy through adulthood
• Negative influences on executive skill development (birth issues, head injuries, and disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
Assessment of Executive Skills
• Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
• Behavior Rating Scales
Modifying the Environment to Support Students with Weak Executive Skills
• Changing the Physical or Social Environment
• Modifying Tasks
• Changing the Way Adults Interact with Students
Objectives: Participants will be able to describe:
· brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).
· how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.
· a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies for evaluating executive skills.
· how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills.
· how to design protocols for teaching executive skills.