Using Executive Function Assessment to Drive Social Instruction
Sunday, June 24, 2012 1:00 PM
Here is the truth: people think that executive functioning (EF) is just about “organization” and yet EF truly impacts all aspects of life including the development of social relationships. Individuals with social cognitive deficits will struggle with “social” & executive functioning issues throughout their lives. They will struggle not because they “want to” but because this is part of their neurological make up, this is part of who they are. However both social cognitive and executive function deficits are not always clear to the naked eye - rather they can be more invisible. This presentation will examine the effectiveness of using a standardized measure of executive functioning (The Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) (BRIEF Professional Manual, 2000
) to assist in creating intervention tools that tie directly back to the ILAUGH Model (Winner, 2000) and concepts related to emotional regulation. This presentation will outline therapeutically based interventions to support clients learning social cognitive and EF tools/strategies for everyday use. This presentation will also highlight the continued need to find systems of reinforcement to support the generalization and use of these learned tools/strategies throughout various clinical environments.
- Participants will have a greater understanding of how to define and educate others on "invisible deficits.
- Specific EFs will be explored and explained in terms of their impact on social cognitive development.
- Participants will have concrete interventions to help improve social cognitive abilities and EF deficits used within individual or groups settings.