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2 Day: Advanced Course: Executive Function in Kids & Teens Who Are Smart but Scattered
Audio CD
$439.99 USD
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This item is expected to ship 4-6 weeks after the event on December 11, 2019.
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Audio CD - 8+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
12/11/2019 - Available Now for Pre-Order
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  1. Describe the neurological processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).
  2. Identify developmentally appropriate expectations for executive skill development in children from preschool to early adulthood.
  3. Communicate the role of executive skills in school performance and daily living for children and adolescents.
  4. Determine “best practices” for assessing executive skills, including both formal and informal measures.
  5. Implement strategies for modifying the environment to be more supportive for children with weak executive skills.
  6. Create daily routines both at home and at school that support the development of executive skills.
  7. Utilize a 4-step process to task-analyze classroom lessons to identify the specific executive skills that are involved.
  8. Generate strategies for overcoming common obstacles to effective deployment of executive skills.
  9. Educate students about executive skills so they can identify their own executive skill strengths and weaknesses and develop supportive strategies where needed.
  10. Design child/student-centered interventions that target specific executive skills to resolve specific problem situations at home and/or school.
  11. Utilize behavioral incentives and other motivational strategies to encourage children and teens to engage in the level of practice necessary to develop effective executive skills.
  12. Provide education to parents of teenagers on the dynamics of the parent-child relationship during adolescence, the impact this has on executive skill development, and how to design age-appropriate interventions. 
Get to Know Executive Function (EF)
  • The 11 executive skills
  • Two dimensions of EF skills: Thinking and doing
  • Are EF skills innate? Learned?
  • Exercise: Match the descriptor to the EF skill
The Neurobiology of EF
  • Normal v. atypical brain development
  • Chronological v. age of functioning, ex - ADHD
  • How do executive skills develop in the brain?
  • Negative influences on EF development
  • Can executive skills be recovered?
Assessment: What Does Weak EF Look Like?
  • Parent/teacher interviews: What to ask/ look for and why
  • Behavior rating scales (BRIEF-2, ADHD Rating Scales-V, and more!)
  • Limitations of formal evaluation
  • Observation/informal assessment
  • When is it an educational disability?
  • Co-morbidity with mental health disorders
Linking Assessment to Intervention: 3 Key Skills to Accommodate Executive Skill Weaknesses
  • Environmental Modifications
    • Any changes made external to the child - physical or social
    • Modify the nature of the task(s)
    • Change the ways adults interact with the child
    • Exercise: Brainstorm modifications for each EF skill
  • Teach Deficient Skills
    • Adults (temporarily) become the child’s frontal lobe
    • 3 steps to embedding executive skills into:
      • Content area lessons
      • Whole-class routines
      • Small group curricula
    • Adaptations for K-6, middle school, and high school
    • Step-by-step examples: Cleaning room, starting the day, homework plans, classroom organization
    • Exercise: Design an EF-conducive classroom or home routine
  • Motivate the Child to Use the Skill
    • A new look at incentives and reinforcement
    • The benefits of using incentives
    • Simple “go-to” incentives
    • Longer term, more elaborate incentives
    • Exercise: Brainstorm and discussion on incentives
STRATEGIES, STRATEGIES, STRATEGIES: Must-Have Interventions for Home, School & Beyond
  • The 7 keys to effective intervention design
  • The “perfect” intervention has these 2 factors
  • Must-have strategies for getting kids on board
  • Covey’s in my control/out of my control
Student-Centered Interventions: Steps and Guidelines
  • Exercise: Step-by-step development of a student-centered intervention
    • Case: Sarah – seatwork struggles, poor follow through
    • Case: Max – task refusal, wanders, not following directions
    • Case: High school student – intellectual disabilities
Practical, Innovative Strategies Designed to Target:
  • Beginning & end of day routines
  • All things homework – collection, completion, turning in!
  • Paying attention
  • Desk cleaning
  • Writing papers
  • Longer-term projects
  • Organization
  • Managing open-ended tasks
  • Taking notes
  • Temper control
  • Impulsivity
  • Transitions
  • Perspective taking
  • Problem solving
  • And more!
Coaching: 1:1 Interventions for Executive Skill Development
  • Key components of coaching
  • Stages and goal setting
  • Class-wide peer coaching
  • Evidence behind coaching’s effectiveness
Clinical Considerations
  • ABA/RTI in schools
  • Working with parents and families
  • Multicultural factors
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks


Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, is a school psychologist and for over 20 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She is co-author of the best-selling books on executive dysfunction, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: 2nd Edition (Guilford, 2010), Smart but Scattered (Guilford, 2013).

Peg is a past editor of Communiqué, the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including retention, ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interviews in the assessment process and homework.

Peg has many years of organizational experience at the state, national and international levels and served in many capacities, including president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and International School Psychology Association. She has also participated in many of NASP’s leadership initiatives, including the Futures Conference and the development of both the second and third Blueprint for the Training and Practice of School Psychology. She is the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Peg received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson is an author for Guilford Press and receives royalties. She is an author for Amacon publishers and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Margaret (Peg) Dawson has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • School Social Workers
  • Educational Paraprofessionals
  • School Administrators
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children