This virtual conference will be a live stream of a live in-person conference being held in Edmonton, AB. If you would like to attend live in-person please register here: http://www.jackhirose.com/workshop/trauma-conference/
This conference will be live streaming from Edmonton, Alberta to online participants on May 6 – 8, 2024 from 8:30am – 4:00pm MDT
This course is streaming live out of Edmonton, AB beginning at 8:30am MDT (Edmonton, AB). Please adjust your start time according to your specific time zone.
Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 10, 2024. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Please allow 3 – 5 business days after the course airs for recorded footage to become available.
Registration will close on May 5, 2024.
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Day One (8:00am – 3:30pm May 6, 2024)
Workshop #1: Proven and Effective Interventions to Enhance Executive Skills in Children & Adolescents | PRESENTED BY Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP
Executive function is a neuropsychological concept referring to the cognitive processes required to plan and direct activities, including task initiation and follow through, working memory, sustained attention, performance monitoring, inhibition of impulses, and goal-directed persistence. While the groundwork for development of these skills occurs before birth, they develop gradually and in a clear progression through the first two decades of life. But from the moment that children begin to interact with their environment, adults have expectations for how they will use executive skills to negotiate many of the demands of childhood—from the self-regulation of behavior required to act responsibly, to the planning and initiation skills required to complete chores and homework. Parents and teachers expect children to use executive skills even though they may little understand what these skills are and how they impact behavior and school performance.
The importance of executive skills to overall cognitive functioning first became apparent in work with children and teenagers who had sustained traumatic brain injuries. Problems involving planning and organization, time management, and memory as well as weaknesses with inhibition and regulation of emotions have long described a significant component of traumatic brain injury. Executive skills have also assumed an increasingly important role in the explanation of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. While executive skills are clearly a factor in the problems that youngsters with disabilities face in school, it is becoming apparent that there is a significant number of youngsters who seem to struggle in school because of weaknesses in executive skills even when they don’t meet the diagnostic criteria for ADHD or another disorder. These students will benefit from interventions designed to improve executive functioning. To do so, however, requires an understanding of what executive skills are, how they develop in children, and how they impact school performance.
This workshop will begin by providing an overview of executive skills, including definitions and a description of the developmental progression of these skills in the first two decades of life. The approach to understanding executive skills presented in this workshop is structured around two key concepts: 1) that most individuals have an executive skills profile that includes both strengths and weaknesses; and 2) by defining executive skills discretely rather than grouping them in broader categories, it is possible to design interventions to address specific deficits that lend themselves to data-based decision making. By completing a self-assessment, workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding both of the model being presented and of their own executive skills profile.
The heart of the workshop will address how to assess executive skills and develop interventions designed to address specific executive skill weaknesses.