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Assessment of Executive Functions in Children and Teens

Assessment of Executive Functions in Children and Teens

This 90-minute webinar provides an overview of essential elements in the process of evaluating and assessing Executive Functions (EF) in children and teens, specifically those demonstrating challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, and other developmental delays. A review of current research on EF development is followed by an exploration of common coexisting conditions and implications for learning and development. Evaluation is viewed through a three-tiered process, including highly formalized instruments, rating scales and inventories, and informal observation and interview. Multiple instruments are evaluated, and case studies are utilized to provide information on linking assessment to intervention. This course is included in the Executive Functioning Skills: The Basics Webinar Package.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define executive functions and how they impact the quality of daily living.
  2. List four conditions that put children at great risk for weak EF skill development.
  3. Critique the advantages and cautions of each of the three tiers of evaluation.
  4. Construct intervention goals based on assessment feedback.
  5. Reference at least four tools to evaluate and assess EF in children and teens.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, SLPs, parents, and other professionals working with children and teens with executive functioning challenges
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-688184

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.15 AOTA CEU or 1.5 contact hours under these Classification Codes: Category 2, OT Process: Evaluation, and Category 1, Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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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