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Let’s Get Thinking! Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Children and Teens

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


Let’s Get Thinking! Promoting Critical Thinking Skills in Children and Teens

We use critical thinking skills, often referred to as higher order thinking skills (HOTS), when current information is manipulated to deepen our understanding, alert to problematic thinking, or create new ideas and solutions. Many children and teens with special needs can engage in rote memorization of information but struggle to apply the language, executive functions, cognitive flexibility, and critical thinking to use information in a way that improves social and academic learning.

Since we now have facts available with the swipe of a screen, there’s an urgent need for our students to know how to analyze information and use it in deeper, more meaningful, and comprehensive ways. Additionally, with an overwhelming bombardment of social media, our children need to learn to discern information accurately for their own safety and well-being. This 90-minute webinar provides a general overview of critical thinking skills and how they develop. Hundreds of tips, tools, and strategies are provided to use immediately with students to promote deeper, more thorough, and independent problem-solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the stages of critical thinking.
  2. List deficits in critical thinking and relate them to both academic and social-emotional learning for children with special needs.
  3. State three strategies to promote critical thinking.
  4. Identify resources and tools appropriate for a wide range of ability levels.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, parents, educators, and other pediatric professionals
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-1127724

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 08592. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.15 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Sensational Brain speaker Lori Benson Adams, MEd, head shot

Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at To view Lori’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Lori Benson Adams receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions and Learning Lotus.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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