Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to Promote School Success

  • 12/16/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom
  • 382



Smart but Scattered: Improving Executive Skills to

Promote School Success

Live-streaming December 16th, 2021 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

By: Peg Dawson Ed.D. NCSP

Only $10 for members and $20 for non-members

Participants may earn 3.0 SCECHs (pending state approval) for attending the live event and completing the appropriate SCECH's survey within two weeks.  A link to a recorded version will be provided to all registered guests.  You may register and receive a link to the recording up to one year after the live event. Please note, the recording will not be available until two weeks after the event.  As a result, participants cannot earn SCECH's for viewing the recorded version.  

Executive skills are task-oriented skills that underlie students’ ability to learn. Although seldom taught explicitly, the pandemic exposed “the hidden curriculum,” and it is now evident that students who are strong in these skills are more successful than those who aren't. This workshop will provide an introduction to executive skills, focusing on the skills that comprise the “Smart but Scattered” model. Intervention techniques targeting each of the 11 skills will be presented, followed by a discussion of three primary ways students with weak executive skills can be supported in the classroom.

Learning Objectives: As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to define 11 executive skills and learn practical classroom-based strategies to address executive skill challenges.
  • Learn how to make environmental modifications to support weak executive skills.
  • Learn how to design protocols for teaching executive skills.
  • Learn a process for designing a “student-centered” intervention targeting problem situations associated with executive skill challenges.

Presenter Bio:

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and for over 25 years has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has authored several books, including a book for professionals, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention and two books for parents, Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens. Their book, Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits has been recently augmented with a planner (Work Smart Academic Planner). Their most recent book, The Smart but Scattered Guide to Success is written for adults. Dr. Dawson is a past president of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the International School Psychology Association. She is also the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2010 recipient of the International School Psychology Association Distinguished Services Award.

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