Our intentions are reflected by what we do in the moment to be prepared to take action or have an outcome at a later time. More often than not, task planning happens in a different space and time from where we execute the plan. Consider this scenario: On Monday the teacher tells the class there will be a test on Friday. The student writes 'test' in their agenda and receives a plan/script for how to study: 1. Review Study Guide 2. Make flash cards and mnemonics 3. Memorize terms 4. Have mom or a friend quiz you. However, this does not guarantee the student will either initiate studying or give themselves enough time to study! They 'intend' to start studying soon! We agree with Dr. Russell Barkley who describes some of these students as seemingly having an “intention deficit disorder” more often than an “attention deficit disorder”.
How do we go from intention to action? Intentions are, according to Dr Russell Barkley who is a leading expert on ADHD, "the things we are doing to get ready for what lies ahead in time -- our goals; our plans; the assignments that we should be working on; the paths that other people have given us that we need to be paying more attention to in order to be ready when that time gets here." Students with attention challenges can pay attention to what is happening in the moment but struggle to attend to what lies ahead in time and has to be done next in order to get ready for that future. Individuals with executive function(EF) deficits exhibit a delay in the development of this self-regulatory temporal horizon.
The challenge for parents and professionals is to recognize the symptoms of executive function deficits and know how to help students not merely compensate for, but develop, necessary independent executive function skills. Executive Function challenges are more prevalent than ever. This seminar explores the forethought aspects of executive function skills, specific EF interventions and how to teach skills in individual and group settings.
A New View of Executive Function Skills
360 Thinking in Practice: Best Methods for Changing Behaviors
o Using the core skills of gesture and stated intention to be a “Mind MIME” and help students create mental visual imagery for the future.
o Teach students to be a ‘mental time traveler’ and pre-experience the physical actions to complete a task in prospective time and space.
o Learn how to increase a student’s spatial temporal window or how far into the future they can see and sustain prospective planning
o Implement treatment interventions for improving impulse control and working memory
o Increase self-determination and motivation
Improve Time management
o Building an internal sense of the sweep of time. How to create and stick to time markers; identify and manage time robbers
o Manage of daily time
o Long term project management. Reducing procrastination, understanding task demands and prioritizing steps
o Show students the process of how to plan homework -even if it lasts more than an hour, or must be completed over days and or weeks. Helping students to plan and effectively utilize time in a resource room/learning skills/homework center
o Teach students how to break down complex tasks and assignments and then plan for, organize and initiate tasks
o Practical strategies will be given to help with the initiation of difficult assignments and to ensure work is returned in a timely manner.
When: Saturday April 6, 2019 8:30-3:30
Where: Crown Plaza Hotel, Natick, MA
COst: $205.00 Includes coffee, lunch, course workbook and handouts