Executive Skills in Children and Youth: Assessing and Intervening


Executive skills are task-oriented skills that underlie students’ ability to learn. Although seldom taught explicitly, it has become clear, particularly as parents and schools were forced to adapt to the pandemic, that students who are strong in these skills are more successful than those who aren’t. This workshop will give participants an overview of the “Smart but Scattered” model for understanding, assessing, and treating executive skill challenges. 

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Be able to identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.
  2. Know a variety of formal and informal assessment strategies for evaluating executive skills. 
  3. Learn how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills.
  4. Learn how to design protocols for teaching executive skills.
  5. Learn a process for designing a “student-centered” intervention targeting problem situations associated with executive skill challenges.

Hear our esteemed speaker address these topics and more within the webinar.

This session includes a lecture from the speaker and a question and answer session with participants in the original Zoom presentation. The webinar was held on January 27, 2022, and is three hours long.

Those who view the recorded webinar will still be eligible to obtain continuing education credits.

Presenter information

Dr. Peg Dawson

In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Dawson has written a number of books. One of the most recent being Smart but Scattered.

You can find all her work on https://www.smartbutscatteredkids.com/ 

Disclosure: Peg Dawson receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

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