Interventions to Support Executive Skill Development
This 3-hour workshop will provide an introduction to the “Smart but Scattered” model of executive skills. It will begin with an overview of the 11 skills that comprise this model, with a review of evidence-based intervention strategies tailored to each skill. This will to outline a set of steps to follow for developing student-centered interventions. Three broad strategies that support students with executive skill challenges will be reviewed, followed by a description of a “student-centered” approach to designing interventions tailored to the needs of students with more significant executive skill challenges.
Learning Goals: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:
Be able to define 11 executive skills and identify strategies designed to address student deficit each skill.
Learn how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills.
Learn how to design protocols for teaching executive skills.
Learn how to design a personalized intervention to address problem behaviors tailored to an individual student and the unique context in which the problem behavior occurs.
Learn strategies for engaging students in the problem-solving process so that the intervention is collaborative and student-centered.
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This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LEPs, LMFTs, LPCCs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course also qualifies for 3 hours of continuing professional development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under provider number 1025. CASP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
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Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and since 1992 has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. She has many years of organizational experience at the state, national, and international level, and served in many capacities, including president, of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including retention, ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interviews in the assessment process, and homework. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written several books for parents and professionals on the topic of executive skills, including Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Peg is the 2006 recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
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