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Executive Functions in Classrooms:
How They Affect Learning and Behavior
April 25, 2013
Cromwell, CT
April 26, 2013
Dedham, MA

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All workshops are from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

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You will learn about a comprehensive model of executive functions in the brain and explore the impact of executive functions on learning, behavior and classroom production. Seminar leader Dr. McCloskey will explain the development of executive functions during school- age years, as well as the involvement of executive functions difficulties in clinical syndromes such as ADHD, autism, and Asperger's. You will learn ways to self-assess personal executive functions strengths and weaknesses and how to assess in-class the executive functions strengths and weaknesses of students. Dr. McCloskey will discuss classroom management techniques and general strategies that teachers and other professionals can use to help children with executive function difficulties improve their behavior and academic performance either through increasing their capacity for self regulation or through external guidance. He will also discuss specific instructional programs and therapeutic approaches that emphasize the development and improvement of executive functioning.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At this seminar, you will learn information about:

  • How executive functions develop during the school-age years
  • Gaining knowledge of executive functions, and their roles in classroom behavior, learning and production
  • Identifying and using classroom-friendly methods to assess executive functions strengths and weaknesses
  • Understanding executive function difficulties involved in clinical syndromes such as ADHD and autism
  • Providing appropriate interventions for executive functioning disorders in children and adults
  • Self-assessing your own personal executive function strengths and weaknesses along with your students
  • Gaining additional sources of information about assessment and interventions for executive functions problems

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

A wide range of specialists working with children will find this workshop relevant and skill-enhancing, including general and special education teachers, reading teachers and other instructional specialists, school administrators, clinical and school psychologists, speech therapists, educational therapists, occupational and physical therapists, and life skills coaches and ADHD coaches.


WORKSHOP LEADER

mccloskeyGeorge McCloskey, PhD, is a Professor and Director of Social Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He frequently presents at national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics. Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment (2012) and Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties (2008). Dr. McCloskey directed the development of the WISC-IV Integrated and was a Senior Research Director and the Clinical Advisor to the Wechsler Test Development Group for The Psychological Corporation (now part of Pearson).