Institute for Educational Development


Location: CHERRY HILL
Date: November 19, 2018


$259.00 per person
Group Price: $239.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Strengthen Your Special Needs Students’ EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS:

Strategies to Reduce Impulsive Behaviors, Increase Focus and Develop Working Memory

NEW Seminar Presented By
Kathy Morris

Outstanding Educator, Author and Nationally Recognized Speaker


Specifically Designed for Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, General Education Classroom Teachers, Co-Teachers, School Psychologists, Counselors, and Other Educators Working with Students in Preschool-Grade 12 Who Have Trouble Organizing Themselves for School Success

  • Help your special needs students improve in these key executive function areas: organization, time management, working memory, task completion, impulse control, emotional self-regulation, anger management, and social skills
  • Practical ways you can adapt your instruction to enhance students’ ability to develop and use key executive function skills
  • Dozens of practical strategies that can be used to help students with special needs who have difficulty maintaining attention and organizing their time, tasks, personal space, and materials
  • Demonstrations, activities, examples, checklists, and much more, including a comprehensive resource handbook you can take back and begin using immediately with your students

Practical Strategies and Materials

Over the past decade the research has exploded in the diagnosis and treatment of students who have difficulties in executive functioning. Executive dysfunction is thought to be the underlying neurological difficulty for many of our students with special needs. In this NEW stimulating and interactive seminar, designed for grades Preschool-12 inclusive and special education settings, you will gain dozens of interventions and practical strategies you can use to help students lacking executive function skills.

Join Kathy Morris, long-time and experienced teacher in the area of executive function disorders, for a day filled with ready-to-use ideas and strategies that will make a significant difference for your students with special needs who appear to be unorganized, off task and have self-regulation behavior issues. You won’t want to miss this day filled with highly effective ideas and interventions to support your students to become more independent and develop greater executive control of their time, tasks and materials.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical Strategies to Address Executive Function Weaknesses that Prevent Students from Success in School
    What skills should we expect at certain ages and how can we help students with special needs who don’t gain these vital executive function skills? Learn how you can recognize and strategize to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, schedules, assignments, and behavior
  2. Walk Away with Numerous Practical Strategies to Teach Executive Functioning Skills
    Leave with specific strategies to teach and increase special needs students’ skills in working memory, inhibitory control and mental flexibility … How to teach these skills in ways that students learn best
  3. Strategies to Help Your Students Improve in Key Executive Function Areas
    Help students who have trouble completing assignments, focusing, setting goals, planning, sequencing, and initiating and persisting in task completion … Strategies that work!
  4. Address Self-Regulation and Self-Management Skills
    Learn ways to help special needs students with impulse control, whole-body listening and managing anxiety
  5. Ways to Adapt Your Instruction and Classroom Structure
    Techniques and tips to adapt your teaching that works for all students, but especially those who have difficulties with key executive functioning skills … Quick and easy ideas for setting up routines and your classroom structure
  6. Discover the Connection to Brain Research: What it Teaches Us About Best Practices for Instruction
    Executive function work is all based on current research about how the brain takes in, processes and stores information … Learn the practical application of this research that will greatly benefit your students with special needs
  7. Tools and Strategies to Teach Independence and Emotional Regulation
    Learn how to help these students become more independent with strategies that teach the steps in planning, implementing the plan and self-evaluating when finished … Strategies students can use for emotional regulation
  8. How Executive Function Skills Impact Student Behavior and What You Can Do About it
    Understand and learn practical solutions for impulse control, self-regulation and self-management … Help your students with special needs to develop situational awareness to stop, think and plan before they respond negatively
  9. How to Use Visual Strategies to Teach Executive Function Skills
    Create visual strategies that help students gain and retain information
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive a comprehensive resource handbook developed specifically for this seminar filled with strategies, ideas and research-based techniques that will support you when you return to your classroom and school

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Practical strategies for identifying and teaching special needs students who lack the necessary executive function skills to be successful in both inclusive and resource classrooms
  • Strengthen your special needs students’ EXECUTIVE FUNCTION skills in grades P-12
  • Dozens of practical strategies to designed to increase attention, focus and impulse control
  • Recognize and strategize to teach your students who struggle to think and act in an organized way to manage their time, tasks, schedules, assignments, and behavior
  • Help your students with impulse control and self-regulation
  • Strategies for co-teaching, inclusive and general education classrooms
  • Flexible problem-solving strategies to fit the needs of specific students
  • Emotional regulation and anti-anxiety strategies you can use immediately
  • Memory strategies for studying, test taking, homework, and long-term project planning
  • Clearly define key executive function skills and how they impact academic and social success
  • Low-prep strategies you can use in the classroom or resource room the very next day
  • Proven ideas for helping students plan their homework, manage short- and long-term projects or assignments, and carry out tasks to competition
  • Set up all your students for success in an inclusive classroom
  • Dozens of practical strategies teaching students to remember, manipulate information, self-monitor, and self-check

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Children and adolescents who struggle with executive function disorders often look like those who just aren’t paying attention, have difficulty making transitions or are purposely not controlling themselves. They may be unaware of the connections of their behavior and the consequences of the behavior. Their desks, backpacks and everything around them is disorganized and they may have an inability to plan ahead. The exciting news is that current research clearly indicates that this deficit can be effectively addressed with proper interventions.

In this strategy-packed seminar, designed for grades Preschool-12 inclusive and special education settings, you will learn how to recognize executive functioning deficits and how they can inhibit learning, along with a toolbox of practical strategies for helping these students get organized, stay focused for longer periods of time and be more successful in school. Strategies in self-awareness, work completion, task initiation, planning, and organizing, will all be shared as well as ideas for impulse control, motivation, self-regulation and more!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to understand how executive functioning or dysfunction makes or breaks students’ ability to be successful in school, both academically and socially. Come and learn new strategies and interventions that will make a significant difference for all your students.

Sincerely,
Kathy Morris

P.S. You will also receive the extensive resource handbook I designed specifically for this seminar filled with strategies and ideas ready for you to try with your students.

Who Should Attend

Special Education Teachers, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, General Education Classroom Teachers, Co-Teachers, School Psychologists, Counselors, and Other Educators Working with Students in Preschool-Grade 12 Who Have Trouble Organizing Themselves for School Success

ASHA - CEUs

This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA Approved

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Step-by-step strategies for meeting the needs of your students with executive function deficits
    • Multiple resources and next-day ideas for organization, impulse control, memory, behavioral regulation, and attention/concentration
    • Ideas for planning long-term projects, studying for tests, homework completion, as well as organizing space, materials and time
  2. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in improving their special needs students’ executive function skills.
  3. Consultation Available
    Kathy Morris will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.