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Introduction to Executive Function Skills Open or Close
A Functional Understanding- Moving past the text book definition: A functional explanation of the executive function skills will be presented such that professionals can quickly identify behaviors associated with the various component/s of the executive system. Understand the development of the executive control skills. What skills can be expected at what age? How do we define ‘Executive Dysfunction’?
Thinking and Planning Ahead Open or Close
Self-Regulation Skills include: goal directed behaviors, devising plans to achieve goals, using self-talk, knowing the rules, and controlling impulses and emotions to complete a task successfully. Practical strategies for teaching children forethought, awareness skills, to "know the goal", to initiate tasks, to inhibit impulses and complete tasks.
Time Management Skills Open or Close
Teaching children how to see and sense the passage of time, to accurately estimate how long tasks will take, to change and maintain their pace, plan ahead and carry out routines and tasks within allotted timeframes. Concrete strategies to help students self-initiate on tasks and to also stop performing a task when they need to move on to the next task of higher priority.
Thinking in an Organized Way Open or Close
A common feature of weak executive function skills are reduced organization skills and as students move from elementary to middle to high school, the ability to think in an organized way or to use these "higher order thinking skills" becomes more and more important. You will learn many practical strategies to teach students how to identify the big picture, to integrate information, to make inferences, to improve their speed of processing and to problem solve.
The Organized Classroom Open or Close
How to set up and organize a classroom and locker/cubby spaces to create an environment that fosters the development of executive function skills. Ideas on how to help students stay organized , manage materials in the classroom, record homework and access resources when they are ‘stuck’ or need help initiating.
Closing the Homework Circle Open or Close
Concrete strategies to help student’s to manage their time and materials to successfully record and complete nightly homework assignments, long term projects and to prepare for tests. Practical strategies will be given to help with the initiation of difficult assignments and to ensure work is returned in a timely manner. Learn how to support students in knowing how to evaluate their work and use their prior performances to create goals and make changes on future academic assignments. The homework space: learn tricks for supporting students and their families in creating a positive and productive environment for homework.
Written Expression Open or Close
Writing is the ultimate executive function skill as it requires massive amounts of simultaneous “online” processing. When writing one must at the same time retrieve a sentence, determine the correct grammar of a sentence, punctuate the sentence, type/write the sentence while remembering the correct spelling and formation of letter or location of the key on the keyboard, be sure that the sentence written is organized and related to the previous sentence and continues to answer/be relevant to the topic/question the paper is about. Writing is also a social thinking skill as the student must use their social thinking to identify who will be reading their written work and then consider as they write what they “want their reader to think” when this person is reading what they have written. Learn how to infuse executive function based instruction into your existing writing curriculum to support students in developing executive control for the writing process, to increase the quality and volume of their thought retrieval, to expand on their ideas and to use metacognition to evaluate the quality of their writing and to be sure their written expression meets task requirements.
Material Management Open or Close
Often students with weak executive control skills struggle to keep their materials neat and organized and then quickly become overwhelmed by the process of cleaning and maintaining systems of organization. Learn functional strategies to help students think in an organized way about systems and then self-initiate to manage their clothes, backpack, papers, personal belongings and personal and shared spaces.
Technology Tips Open or Close
Many technology resources are available to support the academic skills, homework, time management and study skills, but which ones will work for your student?