Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens
Our executive functioning (EF) skills allow us to plan, organize, manage, and assess daily thoughts and actions. An integral part of daily and academic life, these skills are often weak in students with sensory challenges, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and ADHD. An inability to control impulses; inhibit behaviors; organize thoughts, emotions, and language; as well as follow rules and routines are all indicators of poor executive function development. This 2-hour course provides an overview of what EF skills are, how they develop, who is at risk, and how to immediately begin addressing these weak areas. This course is also available in an executive functioning webinar package as well as an OT package.
- Define executive function skills and list six skills considered under the umbrella definition.
- Identify the neurological and developmental components of EF skill development.
- Recognize common co-existing conditions that exacerbate poor EF development.
- List formal evaluations, rating scales, and checklists widely used to assess EF needs in children.
- Identify six key skills needed to address EF in children.
Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level occupational therapists, SLPs, teachers, and others
Course Instructor: Lori Benson Adams, MEd
Learning Assessment: Objective post-test
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