Smart But Scattered: Building Executive Skills with Children and Adolescents

Presented by Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Live Streaming on June 9, 2022


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course will be streaming live on June 9, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until July 11, 2022. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 8, 2022. 

Executive skills are sometimes called “the hidden curriculum.” They are skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success, yet curriculum standards seldom if ever explicitly reference these skills. Neuroscientists now tell us that these skills take a minimum of 25 years to reach full maturation, and the course of that development is influenced by experience and exposure, by modelling, practice, and direct instruction. This workshop will provide participants with a framework for understanding these key skills, how they develop in diverse populations, and how to support executive skills by embedding them into classroom routines and lessons and by tailoring interventions to meet the needs of individual students and classrooms.

Dear Colleague,

Many students struggle in school, not because they have problems acquiring academic skills but because they struggle with a key set of skills that underlie academic performance in a fundamental way. I’m referring to executive skills. Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Some students seem to acquire them naturally, but many students don’t. This workshop, which offers intensive training in how to help these students, will provide a model for understanding what these skills are and how they develop. The primary focus of the workshop, though, will be to give participants the opportunity to practice an array of practical interventions that can be incorporated into the classroom or into clinical practice. If you have attended one of my 1-day trainings, this workshop will allow you to extend your learning by practicing strategies and applying those strategies to your setting and the students you work with. You will walk away with an understanding of interventions that you will be able to use the day after the workshop ends! Hope you will join me at the two-day skills training workshop!

Peg Dawson

Tips for Caregivers and Parents on Schooling at Home: What Role Do Executive Skills Play?
FREE Download Written by Peg Dawson, Ph.D.

Overview of Executive Skills
• Definitions
• Underlying Theory

Executive Skill Development Across the Lifespan
• Normal executive skill development from infancy through adulthood
• Negative influences on executive skill development (birth issues, head injuries, and disorders such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder)

Assessment of Executive Skills
• Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews
• Behaviour Rating Scales

Modifying the Environment to Support Students with Weak Executive Skills
• Changing the Physical or Social Environment
• Modifying Tasks
• Changing the Way Adults Interact with Students

  • To describe the brain processes involved in executive skill development both in typically developing children and those with executive dysfunction (such as ADHD).
  • To identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.
  • “Best practices” in assessing executive skills, including both formal and informal measures.
  • To design interventions for improving executive skills in students, including 1) how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills, 2) how to develop protocols for teaching executive skills by embedding them in daily routines and classroom lessons, and 3) how to design student-centered interventions targeted to specific problem situations and executive skill challenges.
  • The critical features of a coaching method geared to improving school performance through supporting executive skill development.

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Parents, Caregiver, Foster Parents, Grandparents, and Extended Family raising a child.

Dr. Peg Dawson: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

For group and/or student rates please view our Terms & Conditions and contact for more information and registration. 

  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits