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Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens

This course was discontinued on December 6, 2022. Please purchase the updated version instead: Introduction to Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Teens.


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Lori Benson Adams, MEd

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 begin addressing these weak areas immediately. This course is included in these webinar packages: Executive Functioning Skills: The Basics and School-Based OT: The Basics.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define executive function skills and list six skills considered under the umbrella definition.
  2. Identify the neurological and developmental components of EF skill development.
  3. Recognize common co-existing conditions that exacerbate poor EF development.
  4. List formal evaluations, rating scales, and checklists widely used to assess EF needs in children.
  5. Identify six key skills needed to address EF in children.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level occupational therapists, SLPs, teachers, and others
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-568359

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 0.2 AOTA CEU or two contact hours under these Classification Codes: Category 1, Domain of OT: Performance Skills; and Category 2, OT Process: Evaluation. 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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