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Strengthening Your Special Needs Students' EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS: Strategies for Organizing Tasks, Time, Materials, and Behavior
Presented by Kathryn Phillips
Specifically Designed for Special Education Staff, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, General Education Classroom Teachers, School Psychologists, Counselors, and Other Educators Working with Students in Preschool-Grade 12 Who Have Trouble Organizing Themselves for School Success
- Dozens of practical strategies that can be used to help students with special needs who have difficulty maintaining attention and organizing their time, tasks, personal space, and materials
- Practical ways you can adapt your instruction to enhance students’ ability to develop and use key executive function skills in reading, writing, math, study skills, and projects
- Help your special needs students improve in these key executive function areas: organization, time management, study skills, task completion, impulse control, emotional selfregulation, anger management, social skills, and memory
- Demonstrations, activities, examples, checklists, and much more, including a comprehensive resource handbook you can take back and begin using immediately with your students
Practical Ideas and Strategies
There has been a marked increase in the diagnosis of our students who have weaknesses in executive function skills. Common characteristics can include difficulty with task initiation, prioritization, completion, and the ability to think in an organized way to manage belongings, schedules and assignments. In this fastpaced seminar, Kathryn Phillips will demonstrate how to recognize and assess the impact on behavior and learning and most importantly, give you a toolbox filled with practical strategies to help your students with executive function difficulties.
You won’t want to miss this day filled with highly effective ideas and interventions to help your students become more independent and develop greater executive control of their time, tasks and materials.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Practical Strategies to Address Executive Function Weaknesses that Prevent Students from Finding Success in School
What skills should we expect at certain ages and how can we help students who don’t gain these vital executive function skills? Learn how you can recognize and strategize to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, schedules, assignments, and behavior
- Strategies to Help Your Students Improve in Key Executive Function Areas
Executive functioning helps students to complete assignments, manage time, control impulsive behavior, have appropriate social behaviors, and organize their brains for learning … Learn strategies to help your students who have difficulty in these areas so they can experience success and become more independent
- Practical Ideas for Your Late, Lost and Unprepared Students
Your students may appear to be unmotivated and apathetic, but we now know that many lack basic executive function skills … Learn practical strategies to build executive functioning skills in students who lack them
- Executive Function Skills to Increase Student Success in Reading, Writing and Math
Learn how executive function skills impact specific academic areas … Strategies you can use immediately to develop skills that will help students organize information for learning
- How Executive Function Skills Impact Student Behavior and What You Can Do About it
Understand and learn practical solutions for impulse control, selfregulation and selfmanagement … Help your students develop situational awareness to stop, think and plan before they respond negatively
- Discover Practical Strategies to Organize, Plan and Prioritize
You can help students process information in a more organized and logical way to select the tools and strategies they will need in order to plan for success
- Ways to Adapt Your Instruction and Classroom Structure
Techniques and tips that work to adapt your teaching for all students, but especially those who have difficulties with key executive functioning skills … Quick and easy ideas to set up routines and classroom structure
- Discover the Connection to Brain Research: What it Teaches Us about Best Practices for Instruction
Executive function work is all based on current research about how the brain takes in, processes and stores information … Learn the practical application of this research and how it will greatly benefit your students
- Tools and Strategies to Teach Independence and Emotional Regulation
Learn how to help students become more independent with strategies that teach steps in planning, implementing the plan and selfevaluating when finished … Strategies students can use for emotional regulation
- Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook developed specifically for this seminar filled with strategies, ideas and researchbased techniques that will support you when you return to your classroom and school
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Strengthen your special needs students’ EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS
- Dozens of practical strategies designed to increase attention, focus and impulse control
- Recognize and strategize to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, schedules, assignments, and behavior
- Strategies for coteaching, inclusive and general education classrooms
- Executive function skills to increase student success in social emotional functioning
- Flexible problemsolving strategies to fit the needs of specific students
- Emotional regulation strategies you can use immediately
- Simple yet effective systems for study skills
- Memory strategies for studying, testtaking, homework, and longterm project planning
- Clearly define key executive function skills and how they impact academic and social success
- Lowprep strategies you can use immediately in the classroom or resource room
- Proven ideas to help students plan their homework, manage short and longterm projects/assignments and carry out tasks to completion
- Set up all your students for success in an inclusive classroom
- Dozens of practical strategies to teach students to remember, manipulate information, selfmonitor, and selfcheck
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
Do you ever hear any of these statements about your students?
- “He’s just not motivated.”
- “She doesn’t seem to care about anything.”
- “He’s smart enough but he just won’t do the work.”
- “If she would only pay attention …”
- “He explodes over anything!”
If you have heard, voiced or thought any of these, you will want to join your colleagues for this seminar that will provide a specific toolbox of strategies, ideas and solutions for these issues.
Over the past decade research has exploded in the diagnosis and treatment of students who have difficulties in executive functioning. Executive dysfunction is thought to be the underlying neurological difficulty in disorders such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, drug and alcohol exposure, behavioral and emotional disorders, as well as learning disabilities. The exciting news is that current research clearly indicates that this deficit can be effectively addressed with proper interventions.
In this stimulating and interactive seminar, designed for PreschoolGrade 12 inclusive and special education settings, you will learn how to recognize executive functioning deficits, assess their impact on learning and behavior, gain a toolbox of practical strategies for working with students, and learn how to integrate these strategies into core curriculum areas. You will leave with dozens of nextday ideas for writing, math, reading, study skills, longterm projects, and testtaking. Strategies in selfawareness, work completion, task initiation, planning, organizing, and goal setting will also be shared as well as ideas for impulse control, motivation, selfregulation, and more!
Don’t miss this opportunity to understand how executive functioning or dysfunction makes or breaks students’ ability to be successful in school, both academically and socially. Come and learn new strategies and interventions that will make a significant difference for all your students.
P.S. I know you have the choice in choosing a professional development day that will meet your needs for the year. I promise, you will not be disappointed!
Who Should Attend
Special Education Staff, SpeechLanguage Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, General Education Classroom Teachers, School Psychologists, Counselors, and other educators working with students in PreschoolGrade 12 who have trouble organizing themselves for school success.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive a strategypacked resource handbook designed just for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
- Stepbystep strategies for meeting the needs of your students with executive function deficits
- Multiple resources and nextday ideas for organization, impulse control, memory, behavioral regulation, and attention/concentration
- Ideas for planning longterm projects, studying for tests, homework completion, as well as organizing space, materials and time
- Easy techniques for teaching students situational awareness, social planning, estimating time, and anxiety management
- Lesson planning ideas for helping students to remember and learn information in core curriculum areas
- Teachertested ideas to help students focus on academic tasks
- Dozens of practical strategies for inclusive and special needs settings
Meet and Share
This seminar provides participants a wonderful opportunity to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in adapting their instruction to strengthen students ’ executive function skills.
Your presenter will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
ASHA - CEUs
This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).
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