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Improve Executive Functions: Evidence-Based Strategies to Change Behavior

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Executive Function (EF) skills form the foundation of success for people of all ages. But individuals with ADHD, Autism, OCD and other conditions have sign...
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Faculty:
George McCloskey
Duration:
6 Hours 29 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Apr 02, 2019

Description

Executive Function (EF) skills form the foundation of success for people of all ages. But individuals with ADHD, Autism, OCD and other conditions have significant EF deficits - failing to thrive at school, work, home and in their most important relationships.

Your work with individuals struggling with EF issues is some of your most rewarding -- yet it’s often the work that leaves you the most frustrated and exhausted. Forgotten appointments, unfinished homework, distractibility, procrastination and difficulties organizing thoughts present formidable obstacles to making progress in school or therapy. And the strategies that work so well for other conditions seem to fall short when an EF deficit is present.

Watch this recording and get the targeted skills and tools you need to cultivate lasting change and transform the lives of those who struggle with executive deficits - the chronically lost, late and unprepared!

Watch George McCloskey, Ph.D., the internationally renowned creator of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scale (MEFS) for this incredible recording. An author, researcher, and clinician with more than 20 years of groundbreaking work with Executive Functions, Dr. McCloskey will teach you how to develop customized interventions that can be used with students or clients across multiple settings from the private practice office to the classroom. Practical and easy to apply, Dr. McCloskey’s strategies will help those you serve develop critical time/task management, personal organization, & planning skills, empowering them to elevate their academic and employment performance, relationships, physical & mental health, and more!

Whether you’re a counselor, teacher, OT, SLP or social worker you’ll leave this recording feeling confident in your ability to end the chaos and dramatically improve the lives of those you work with!

Handouts

Outline

Executive Functions (EF) Overview
  • The neuropsychology of Executive Functions
  • Levels, domains of functioning, arenas of involvement
  • A closer look at the self-regulation level
  • 7 clusters encompassing 33 functions
  • EF development over time
  • EFs, DSM-5® diagnoses, educational classifications
Develop an Intervention Plan: Assessment of EF Strengths and Weaknesses
  • A multidimensional model to guide assessment
  • Norm referenced tests, rating scales and diagnostic interviewing
  • Assessing the impact of EF difficulties on academic learning and production
  • Learning difficulties versus producing difficulties
  • EF-driven Functional Behavior Assessment
Strategies for EF Development and EF Difficulties
  • Create an environment for positive change
  • Develop and use growth mindsets
  • The EF intervention continuum
  • Orienting strategies that focus on goals and outcomes
  • External strategies for modifying behavior: Cueing, prompting and thinking aloud
  • Bridging strategies from externally controlled to internally self-regulated
  • Internally self-regulated strategies: Strengthen independent functioning
Evidence-based Programs and Resources to Foster Growth
  • Develop EFs in pre-school and kindergarten
  • Problem-solving models and programs
  • Cognitive strategy instruction and cognitive behavior therapy
  • Technology-based approaches
  • Mindfulness techniques and EF growth
Limitations of the Research and Potential Risks

Faculty

Improve Executive Functions: Evidence-Based Strategies to Change Behavior

George McCloskey, Ph.D. Related seminars and products: 5

Professor and Director of School Psychology Research

Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


George McCloskey, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. He frequently presents at international, national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics.

Dr. McCloskey has amassed over 35 years of experience in test development, teaching, research and assessment and intervention work with a wide range of clients. Based on the past 25 years of his research and experience working specifically with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive functions that can be used to assess executive function strengths and difficulties and guide efforts to foster growth and intervene with difficulties. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.

Dr. McCloskey is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) and lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 11 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: George McCloskey has an employment relationship with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He receives royalties as an author for Taylor & Francis, Wiley & Sons, and Schoolhouse Press. Dr. McCloskey receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: George McCloskey has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.