Executive Functions in Children and Teens: What They Are and Why They Matter
February 7, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM
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. Challenges in the ability to organize thoughts and ideas, regulate emotions and behavior, and utilize time wisely are just some of the breakdowns that occur with weak executive skills. This workshop will introduce executive functions, discuss how they develop, and explore how to assess and begin interventions.
Understanding EF’s Role In Social and Emotional Regulation
February 11, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM
Often children and teens with sensory needs continue to struggle with impulse control, behavioral regulation, and self-control even after sensory plans have been put into place. By understanding the impact weak executive skills play, teachers, therapists and counselors will be able to better identify the starting points of intervention, as well as identify pieces missing for success.
Using an EF Perspective to Solve Academic, Organizational & Time Challenge
February 15, 2022 | 1:00-4:00 PM
Poor organization and time management skills are often a hallmark sign of weak Executive Functions, the skills that allow us to plan, prioritize, organize, and carry out our plans. Weak skills in these areas will greatly impact an individual’s ability to succeed in school and in independent living. By understanding how the core elements of understanding time, space, and order impact our ability to learn and function successfully, participants will gain a more strengths-based approach to academic and social challenges.
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