Unlocking Potential

Supports and Strategies for Successful Living

Cutting Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills

Date: November 7, 2019 – Nov 8, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm
Registration Deadline: November 1, 2019

Conference Location: Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge (320 Scenic Drive South, Lethbridge, AB)

The Award Winning 360 Thinking Program combines concepts that are at the core of Executive Functioning: situational and intention awareness, mental dress rehearsals, future thinking, time awareness and visualization, which promote efficient and accurate completion of tasks.  Our model facilitates the development of 6 key skills for students: initiation, transition, planning, time management, self-regulation and meta-cognition.  As the steps of a task are envisioned, potential obstacles can be anticipated for individuals to problem solve and achieve independence.

Day 1 – FOUNDATIONS

Learn it Today, Use it Tomorrow! Practical, Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

Executive function skills refer to the brain functions we use to manage our attention, our emotions and our behavior in pursuit of our goals. 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. The ability of young children to control their emotional and cognitive impulses is a very strong indicator of both short-term and long-term success, academic and otherwise. In some studies, self-regulation skills have been shown to predict academic achievement more reliably than I.Q. tests.

To successfully execute, children need to be aware of task demands and set goals. Then they must access forethought and hindsight to think in an organized way and to sustain their focus on the relevant features of the task at hand.  As students mature, they learn how to organize their time, space, materials and develop the reasoning skills to consider multiple possible solutions to problems, recognize the "gray" in situations, and manage both expected and unexpected changes in plans, routines, rules and novel situations. Students must fluidly shift between changing task demands and carry out multiple complex steps to achieve expected goals.

Day 2 – A DEEP DIVE: ADVANCED IMPLEMENTATION OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS

This Advanced Class is for the professional who wants to learn more strategies and techniques, have advanced treatment examples, and become more knowledgeable of the scope and sequence to implement executive function strategies. Immerse yourself in the entire 360 Thinking Executive function curriculum. Learn best practices to get students motivated, focused, organized and performing closer to their true potential. Understand where to start, what goals to set for your client, and practice implementing a Toolbox of Strategies for teaching executive function skills.  We will address at an advanced level how to teach students to self regulate, focus, read a room, and channel their intrinsic motivation to go from Intention to Action.  Advanced methods to develop student’s meta cognition of time and their ability to visualize, estimate and stick to time markers for hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.  Teach students to how to independently create and carry out plans from A (academics), behaviors, hygiene, morning routines, projects, to Z (zzzzzz----bedtime routines). Full of hands on exercises, you will take away practical strategies and reproducible handouts that are instantly usable upon your return to the clinic, classroom, or home. Don’t miss out - this course will fill up fast!

Speaker Profile:

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP Speech and Language Pathologist

Sarah 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 1200 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.

 

Target Audience: service providers, educators, therapists, administrators, paraprofessionals, parents/guardians, in-home support workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and those looking for strategies personally or professionally for ADHD and Executive Function Strategies.

 

KCC reserves the right to film video content and take photography at our events.  This content is used for educational and promotional materials.  We respect your privacy;  if you do not want your child to be featured in our videos or photographs, please notify our office prior to the event you have registered for.

Registration

PAYMENT  (Payment must be received at time of registration)

CHEQUE:  Payable to Key Connections Consulting Inc. - please mail or drop off registration form with payment.

CREDIT CARD:  Please complete registration form and payment online.

IN PERSON:  Registration and payment can be made at our office – Debit, Visa, MasterCard, Cash and Cheques accepted.

QUESTIONS?  Contact us at  403.524.2522 or Contact@KeyConnectionsConsulting.com

Payment holds your spot. Cancelations will be accepted in writing until October 23. A $50 processing fee will be charged.  No refunds will be issued after October 23.

Name Cost
Professional - Day 1 $245.00
Professional - Day 1 and Day 2 $415.00
Parent/ACSLPA Members - Day 1 $235.00
Parent/ACSLPA Members - Day 1 and Day 2 $405.00
Exhibitor - Day 1 $40.00
Exhibitor - Day 1 and Day 2 $80.00
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