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Executive Function: A Two-Part Series for Families and Educators
Executive Function: A Two-Part Series for Families and Educators

The Committee for Special Education and the Interschool Council are set to host Executive Function: A Two-Part Series for Families and Educators!

  1. Part One, Responding Early to Executive Function Challenges: Tools & Tips for Elementary School, will take place on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  2. Part Two, Smart but Scattered: Strategies for Managing Executive Functioning in Teens will take place on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

To access these Zoom sessions, click here.

Executive skills – task initiation, organization, planning and goal- directed persistence – are critical to school success. While some students seem to acquire these skills naturally, others struggle with them. Without the proper support, school can be challenging.

In October, CSE President and licensed occupational therapist Jaime Bassman will discuss the early signs of executive function challenges and simple strategies to help support elementary-aged children and beyond. In November, Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how to help teens acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.

About the Speakers

Jaime Bassman, OTR/L has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist in early intervention, preschool and school-based settings for 20 years. She is also a consultant for the Whole Community Inclusion initiative of Jewish Learning Venture, providing trainings for preschool and religious school educators. Through her private virtual consulting business, Virtually Independent OT, Jaime collaborates with parents to create individualized home sensory and executive functioning strategy plans for their child.

In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children and teens 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.