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When It Isn’t Sensory: An OT’s Guide to the Impact of Executive Function Skills on Academic Performance

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


When It Isn’t Sensory: An OT’s Guide to the Impact of Executive Function Skills on Academic Performance

When children struggle to make academic gains, it is often challenging to pinpoint the primary cause. While many professionals view attention, impulse control, and emotional regulation through the lens of sensory processing, these areas also are foundational to the executive functioning system. This fast-paced, 1-hour course offers tips for separating sensory from executive functioning (EF) and examines how weak EF systems can affect academic skill acquisition. Key areas of concern are addressed, and strategies are provided for pediatric therapists to implement into practice immediately.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the difference between sensory processing and EF challenges.
  2. State how EF weaknesses negatively impact reading, writing, and math.
  3. List three effective strategies for helping students succeed in their academic settings, despite EF challenges.

Course Information

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development #8215. PD activity approval ID# 08349. This distance learning, independent format is offered at 0.1 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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