Workshops on Executive Function Skills

Introductory Workshops on Executive Function Skills

In this introductory workshop parents and professionals will learn the basics of executive function skills and how these skills are used at home and school. Many functional strategies will be taught to improve a student’s ability to:

  • Be aware, have forethought,set and monitor goals
  • Plan and manage time
  • Be prepared and manage routines more independently
  • Organize their space and materials for effective task completion

Event Information
Time: 9:15 -11:30am
Registration: 9:00


Cost: $96.00 Includes course booklet, materials and light breakfast

Location: Hilton Garden Inn
420 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451 Hotel Phone: 781-890-0100

Introductory Workshop on Executive Function Skills: Strategies for Students in Grades K-5
Tuesday January 11, 2011

Introductory Workshop on Executive Function Skills: Strategies for Students in Grades 6-12
Tuesday January 18, 2011

Teaching Students to be Organized Thinkers

Parents and professionals will learn how to teach students to be organized thinkers.
There has been a marked increase in the diagnosis of children as having weaknesses in executive functions by educational and medical professionals. A common feature of weak executive function skills are reduced organization skills and as students move from elementary to middle to high school, the ability to think in an organized way or to use these "higher order thinking skills" becomes more and more important. You will learn many practical strategies to teach students how to identify the big picture, to integrate information, to make inferences, to improve their speed of processing and to problem solve. This workshop will provide you with a set of tools for teaching students how to think in an organized way to manage information, homework, personal belongings, tasks and space.


Event Information

Tuesday January 25, 2011


Time: 9:15-11:30am
Registration: 9:00

Cost: $96.00 Includes course booklet, materials and light breakfast

Place: Hilton Garden Inn Waltham/Boston

420 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Hotel Phone: 781-890-0100

Saturday Seminar on Executive Function Skills

A Practical Strategies Seminar for Parents and Professionals on How to Teach Students to Efficiently Manage his/her own Tasks, Time, Space and Materials (while keeping emotions in check!)

Click Here for a Detailed Description of the Seminar and an Agenda

Event Information

Saturday January 22, 2011


Time: 9:00-2:30 pm
Registration: 8:30am
Question and Answer Session 2:30-3:00pm

Cost: $189.00 Includes course booklet, materials, light breakfast and lunch

Place: Hilton Garden Inn Waltham/Boston

420 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Hotel Phone: 781-890-0100

Homework Helpers

When it comes to homework……

  • Does your child struggle to focus and remember what they read?
  • Could your child benefit from learning how to organize their writing?
  • Does your child have difficulties expanding their ideas when writing?
  • Does math work look disorganized and incomplete?
  • Are math word problems confusing and difficult?
  • When "test" is written in the homework agenda, does your student not know "how" to study?
  • Do you find yourself breaking down your child’s homework or long term projects into steps?
  • Does your child become distracted by the internet when working on assignments?

For children with weak executive function skills homework is a challenge. Parents and students alike can get frustrated while trying to complete homework. While teachers and school professionals might teach students strategies to break down assignments or to make the material easier to process, parents often are not familiar with these interventions. Parents don’t want to be teachers, but if they can have familiarity with these supportive strategies, then they can smooth the homework process. In this workshop, the following topics will be addressed:

The homework space: Learn the criteria for a positive and productive environment for homework.

Set your student up for successful homework sessions without teaching the content: Parents will learn simple techniques to support students in organizing and processing information for reading and writing assignments, math assignments, long term projects and study skills.

Technology Tips: Many technology resources are available to support homework completion, but which ones will work for your student?

Closing the Homework Circle: Learn ways for establishing effective home/school communication about homework especially when there are multiple teachers involved.

Event Information Tuesday February 1, 2011


Time: 9:15-11:30am
Registration: 9:00

Cost: $96.00 Includes course booklet, materials and light breakfast

Place: Hilton Garden Inn Waltham/Boston

420 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
Hotel Phone: 781-890-0100

Now Offering Webinars!

Can’t attend one of the Winter Workshops? Now offering Webinars! While the seminars are 2 hours and 15 minutes in length, the webinars will only last one hour and will include primarily an overview of content. Click the Webinar titles below for additional information:

Introductory Overview: What are the Executive Function Skills?

Wednesday January 12th, 12:00pm EST

Executive Function Skills: Strategies for Students in Grades K-5
Thursday January 20th, 12:00pm EST

Executive Function Skills: Teaching Students to be Organized Thinkers
Wednesday January 26th, 12:00pm EST

Introductory Overview: What are the Executive Function Skills?
Wednesday January 26th, 8:00pm EST

Executive Function Skills: Strategies for Students in Grades 6-12
Thursday January 27th, 12:00pm EST

Homework Helpers
Wednesday February 16th, 12:00pm EST


Who Should Attend?

Parents of children who can achieve but need additional strategies to be organized and effectively manage their time, tasks and materials.

Parents of children who have learning challenges with associated executive function based weaknesses.

Teachers Who want to learn how to implement functional strategies into their classrooms which will foster the development of the executive function skills in their students.

Professionals Who work with children and adolescents who struggle to initiate, to be flexible in their thinking, to execute and complete tasks successfully and need to provide their patients and families with practical strategies.

Strategies will be given to address the needs of children from ages 5 and older. Multiple examples for younger and older children will be given.

CEUs are not offered for this seminar; however upon request participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and Self Assessment of Learner Objectives. As a third party source of documentation this will verify the number of hours the certificate holder spent as a learner throughout the activity.

Speech and Language Pathologists: The Center for Executive Function Skill Development is not an ASHA CEU provider. However, you can earn ASHA CEUs for this by following the ASHA CEU guidelines. Write a critical review of the experience including ways in which newly acquired skills and knowledge will be incorporated into practice. For more information:


Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, Presenter

Sarah has over 14 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems. A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective treatment approaches have been featured on National Public Radio and she is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award. In addition to working directly with students in her private practice, she has presented to and consulted with more than 200 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States on how to implement executive function based strategies into the classroom setting.


Kristen Jacobsen, M.S., CCC/SLP
Ms. Kristen Jacobsen is a certified speech-language pathologist with a teaching background who graduated from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston. She is a specialist in evaluating and treating pediatric and young adult speech-language pathology with interests in the areas of language learning disabilities, literacy, writing, nonverbal learning disabilities, attention, executive dysfunction, Asperger’s disorders and social pragmatics. Ms. Jacobsen has experience as a speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools and hospital settings. Ms. Jacobsen provides comprehensive student services that include teacher training, school consultation and parent coaching. She has received extensive training for using many language therapy programs such as Project Read, Lindamood Bell Programs, Orton Gillingham, Wilson Reading Program, EMPOWER, and Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking programs. Kristen focuses on developing and implementing research based, multi-sensory and structured executive function development therapy programs. Prior to establishing a private practice, she worked with colleagues to create and implement comprehensive group therapy programs for language and cognition at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Jacobsen was the recipient of the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award.
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