Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens
Our executive functioning (EF) skills allow us to plan, organize, manage, and assess daily thoughts and actions. An integral part of daily and academic life, these skills are often weak in students with sensory challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD. An inability to control impulses; inhibit behaviors; organize thoughts, emotions, and language; as well as follow rules and routines are all indicators of poor executive function development. This 2-hour course provides an overview of what EF skills are, how they develop, who is at risk, and how to immediately begin addressing these weak areas.
- Define executive function skills and list six skills considered under the umbrella definition.
- Identify the neurological and developmental components of EF skill development.
- Recognize common co-existing conditions that exacerbate poor EF development.
- List formal evaluations, rating scales, and checklists widely used to assess EF needs in children.
- Identify six key skills needed to address EF in children.
Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level occupational therapists, SLPs, teachers, and others
Course Instructor: Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. With over 35 years of experience with students experiencing sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges, Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at www.breakthroughlearningsolutions.com.
The speaker receives payment for each webinar purchased but does not have any other financial or nonfinancial interest in the presentation.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
This course is approved for 0.2 AOTA CEU or two contact hours under these Classification Codes: Category 1, Domain of OT: Performance Skills; and Category 2, OT Process: Evaluation.
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