LD Speaker Series: A Path to Independence

@ virtual - registration required
Feb/8 – A path to independence: Guiding children in managing their time, space and materials.           
(Clinician Sarah Ward, Cognitive Connections)

Executive function skills refer to the mental skills we use to pay attention, to organize and plan tasks and materials, to start tasks and stay focused on them, to manage emotions and be flexible, and to keep track of what we are doing.  Young children rely on these skills to follow a sequence of instructions for daily tasks while older children need these skills to “break a task down” into a sequence of steps and organize a timeline as the demands for independent learning increases.  These skills can impact students at home, school and in social situations. Join us for an in-depth seminar filled with practical strategies for both parents and professionals to develop a solid understanding of what the executive function skills are and how they impact a student’s academic and personal performance.
Bio: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction.  Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to and consulted with over 1600 public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Europe.