The Clinician's Master Class: Breakthroughs in Executive Functioning Using Advanced Strategies That Stick

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Speaker: Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP

This advanced training will provide an overview of the latest research developments in the field of executive functioning, and will guide clinicians through a series of practical, hands-on strategies to translate these developments into meaningful interventions with students and clients. This class assumes proficiency in the use of executive functioning interventions at the basic level. Clinicians will participate in exercises, demonstrations, and simulations of therapeutic strategies targeted at EF challenges such as situational awareness, visualizing and planning goals (including complex academic assignments), and visualizing and managing time (including for projects with extended time horizons). Our primary focus will be on best practices for refining the therapeutic scaffolding of mental imagery and self-directed talk to guide clients toward greater independence.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • State the functional working definition of what is meant by the term "executive function skills" as it pertains to theraputic interventions
  • Describe the typical developmental course of the executive functioning skills
  • Define how situational awareness, self-talk, forethought, gesture/movement, and episodic memory are the foundational skills for successful task execution
  • Develop an intervention program to foster a student's ability to form more independent executive function skills by describing theraputic activities to improve the following: situational awareness, self-talk and forethought; self-regulation and following routines and how to transition within and between tasks; task planning, task initiation and completion; active self-management of the factors related to the passage of time; student management of materials

All times listed are ET

10:00am--10:15am Welcome/Housekeeping Announcements/Introduction
10:15am--11:15am Part 1 (60 Minutes)
11:15am--11:30am Break
11:30am--12:30pm Part 2 (60 Minutes)
12:30pm--1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm--2:45pm Part 3 (90 Minutes)
2:45pm--3:15pm Q&A (30 Minutes)

Event Location

April 29, 2023 at 10:00am
Iona Preparatory Lower School
173 Stratton Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10804

Event Registration Pricing

New York City
April 29, 2023 - 4.0 hrs.
Early Bird Rate
Feb 13 -- Mar 19
Regular Rate
Mar 20 -- Apr 25   
AET Member $140 $160
AET Non-Member $165 $185
Student $100 $100

A Group Rate of $115/person is available for 5 or more individuals from your
office/school/company who would like to attend this Workshop. Contact Nancy Short at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information on how to register your group.

Register Now

Registration closes 4/25.


Cancellation Policy:
All cancellation requests must be received in writing. Cancellations received more than 14 business days prior to the event will be subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds will be given once inside the 14 business day window.

Disclosure: Financial – Receives honoraria from AET for teaching and speaking; holds intellectual property rights and equipment patents with Cognitive Connections, LLP. Non-financial – Member, American Speech Language Hearing Association.



This program is offered for:
AET: 4 CE Hours
ASHA: 0.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level)
NASP: 4 CPD Hours
CA BBS (through NASP): 4 CE Hours (includes LMFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP in California)
TEA: 4 CPE Hours
ALTA: 4 CE Hours