Presented By: Todd Hanson, Groves Academy
Many students with learning and attention-related disabilities experience difficulty starting, maintaining focus, and finishing tasks. Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage mental skills, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and initiation and monitoring of actions. In short, executive function allows us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. When a student struggles in this area, feelings of failure can be multiplied. College students are expected to have executive skills, yet these skills are rarely explicitly taught in the classroom. Using Dr. Thomas Brown's model of executive function, this webinar will explore the processes and tools available to support the areas of activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action. The technologies available to assist individuals with executive functioning range from low-tech to high-tech and are useful over multiple devices and in multiple circumstances.