6 hours, 18 minutes
NOTE: The seminar manual, CE information, and CE test are contained on disc #1 in PDF format. To access these documents, play disc #1 in your computer. For the video presentation, begin playing disc #1 in your DVD player.
Children with executive function impairments end up in your office because they are experiencing behavioral problems at home or school. However, these children have untapped riches, talents and insights that can be a pleasure to unearth, engage and watch take flight. In order to access this potential, we need to provide these children with training and support in the areas of emotion regulation, attention, organization, sequencing, planning, impulse regulation and more.
Watch this seminar recording and take home tools to help even the most exasperating child become more successful and less explosive. You will learn the current scientific understanding about what executive functioning is and how these brain impairments affect emotion regulation, behavior planning and learning. You will leave with inexpensive, practical and easily implemented strategies for helping your clients, students and children to begin to thrive.
If you have worked or lived with these children, you know that they can be exasperating and exhausting! End this seminar recording excited to have these children in your life and fully enjoy the creative, energetic and passionate nature they possess.
Explain the role of the “executive functions” in kids’ behavior
State the brain bases of the executive functions and normal developmental expectations
Recognize symptoms of Executive Dysfunction in children and understand when to refer for assessment
Improve understanding of how executive skills impact both academic and social settings
List the basics of the Creative Problem-Solving (CPS) model by Ross Greene, Ph.D. for development of more effective interventions for explosive and defiant behaviors
Identify helpful strategies for providing accommodations and expectations for children with executive dysfunction
Our Brain and Executive Functioning (EF):
Neurological bases of EF
Feed it! Nutrition as an intervention
Neurodevelopment of the Executive Functions
Effects of medications
Executive Functioning Skills Deficits and their Impact:
Home: Chores, routines, responsibility, impulsivity, conflict, stress, homework, emotions, inflexibility
School: The backpack, late work, projects, disorganization, resistance, behavior issues, learning, disruptions
Social Impact: Making/keeping friends, over-stimulated behavior, bossiness, turn-taking, reading cues, impulsivity, rigid thinking
Meeting Environmental Demands: Motivation, behavior, affective dysregulation, “can’t” vs. “won’t” behaviors
Associated Neurodevelopmental Conditions:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Nonverbal Learning Disorders
Creating Realistic Expectations with Effective Intervention Tools:
The “Creative Problem-Solving (CPS)” Approach by Ross Greene, Ph.D.
Challenging growth without setting up failure
Accommodations and skill building: Maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses
Creating realistic habits, routines and expectations for home and school
Identifying and building skills for deficit areas
Strategies to set them up for success
Teach skills for self-advocacy and coping
Instill hope for children and families
Appreciate strengths and abilities
Resources and Wrap Up
Laura Ehlert, Psy.D. is a clinical child psychologist who specializes in developmental issues of childhood/adolescence and child psychopathology. She is also the mother of children who have processing deficits. Over the past 25 years, she has worked with thousands of youth in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment centers, group homes, partial hospital programs, day treatment and outpatient mental health settings. Her work has included assessment and therapy interventions for children with a variety of mental health concerns including Attention Deficit Disorder, Mood Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorders and other learning
Dr. Ehlert’s private practice specializes in working with youth and their families who struggle with learning disabilities, behavioral problems, ADHD, nonverbal learning disorders and associated issues. She has provided consultation and training to schools and professionals regarding emotional and behavioral issues and helps to merge student needs with community and educational services.
Dr. Ehlert is a sought-after speaker who has educated thousands while providing national trainings on the topic of connecting learning disorders to behavior and emotion. Her insights, her commitment to improving the lives of the children she works with, combined with her friendly, humorous and entertaining presentation style is enjoyed by participants nationally.