Monday December 4, 2017
Executive Functioning: Tackle Homework and Classwork with these Helpful Strategies!
ages 10 - young adultLearn to help students better manage homework from classroom to home and back again. Explore the terrain between a student's conceptual need ("I need to do my homework") and the frustration that often results from an inability to plan or execute ("I can't do my homework"). Concrete strategies to develop organized thinking and related skills will be explained. We will provide specific ideas to encourage motivation; manage road blocks, emotions, and distractions; increase effective use of time; track multiple assignments; and more. Information can be used by attendees and students across school, community, and home. This course gets stellar reviews!
The majority of individuals with social learning challenges have difficulty developing organizational skills to manage the increasingly complex expectations of life in upper elementary, middle, high school and into their adult years. Our organizational abilities emerge from our executive functioning skills that are expected to develop through time with minimal instruction. However, for many individuals finding their motivation, knowing how to get started on a project, and managing time across a variety of homework assignments can feel like an overwhelming set of tasks - even for the most intellectually sharp individuals. The impact of poor organizational skills is immense; it affects one's outcome in school, at work, well as at home. People often misinterpret folks with poor organizational skills and limited motivation as being lazy, without understanding that these challenges are more likely the result of a neurologically-based executive function weaknesses than a lack of desire to be competent in their work. Often, relatively little support is provided by parents and teachers to guide individuals to develop these critical skills. Even those who want to provide support are not sure where to begin! In this conference, we explore critical executive functioning skills and practical strategies for individuals to track and tackle homework and other deadline-based responsibilities. Discover two types of organizational skills: static and dynamic. Zoom in on dynamic organizational skills and dissect them into 10 steps that are critical in the completion of any homework assignment. Learn an educational strategy aligned with each step and receive an extensive take-home handout to support this teaching method. This conference has been enthusiastically received by parents, counselors, mainstream and special education teachers, administrators, psychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, etc. As with most Social Thinking conferences, hands-on activities help attendees relate their own experiences to the challenges discussed. We do not merely give a general description of the issues. Instead, we guide attendees to actively explore key concepts and to appreciate the pivotal role parents and professionals play in teaching these concepts to individuals. While this conference was designed to help individuals with social learning challenges, the information provided has also proven to be relevant to all students and young adults. Mainstream teachers love this conference day! This information is cutting edge for all populations.
Participants will be able to:
|7:30-8:30||Sign in and use "expected" social skills to chat and find a seat. Conference begins at 8:30.
|8:30-10:30||Audience Activity Introduction to executive functioning issues in adolescents and adults. Define and discuss static versus dynamic organization.
|10:40-12:00||Explore executive functions more deeply: Know what needs to be done; Move it with motivation; Prepare the environments.
|12:00-12:50||Break for Lunch|
|12:50-2:00||Chunk it and time it; Visually structure it; Prioritize and plan it daily
||Hunt and gather; Communicate about it; Take Perspective; Persist and self-reward; IEP goal ideas, Exploring 13 questions as to whether a student is likely to "make it" going away from home upon graduation; Think about your own Organized Thinking.
At this conference, earn continuing education units/credits/clock hours at no additional cost! Each course offers 6 hours of instruction and each attendee will be given a certificate of attendance and a course agenda for their records.
We are proud to be a continuing education provider for Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical and School Psychologists, and Certified Counselors, such as Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, and others.
We offer continuing education units/credits/clock hours through:
- ASHA: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- CES: Commonwealth Educational Seminars
- NBCC: National Board for Certified Counselors
- And more!