Assessing Executive Functioning Skills in Children and Adults

A Multi-Methods Approach


Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Registration is limited to 50 participants

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Live Webinar

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Assessments Peg Dawson--Cover 1200 X 600

Target Audience

OTs, PTs, SLPs, COTAs, PTAs, parents, behavioral therapists, audiologists, educators, administrators and psychologists working with children

Course Level


Course Description

In this 3-hour webinar Dr. Dawson discusses the purposes for assessing executive skills and describes how executive skills may be evaluated within the context of a comprehensive psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluation.

She outlines five sources of information she relies on in this assessment process and illustrates how she uses informal assessment and behavior observations to augment standardized testing and norm-referenced rating scales.

She also discusses how assessing executive skills can inform special education decision-making, how to use assessment to identify targets for executive skills interventions, and strategies for progress-monitoring.


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.

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


Educational Credits

3 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Hands on Approaches, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Approved by AOTA for 0.3 CEUs.

Recognized by NYSED State Board for PT as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education. Approved for 3 contact hours.

Recognized by NYSED State Board for social workers as an approved provider of social workers continuing education. Approved for 3 contact hours.

Learning Objectives will be assessed via a post-test given at the end of the webinar.  A passing grade of 70% is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.


This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area).


Approved for 3 CTLE contact hours.

Time-Ordered Agenda

30 minutes - Brief overview of Dawson/Guare model of executive skills and purposes of assessment

45 minutes - Assessment To understand underlying factors contributing to a perceived problem

Parent/teacher interview
Behavior rating scales
Formal assessment
Behavior observations
Informal assessment

45 minutes - Assessment for the purpose of special education decision-making

30 minutes - Assessment for determining appropriate targets for intervention

30 minutes - Assessment for progress monitoring

Assessments Peg Dawson--ADA 1200 X 600

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Identify 4 purposes for assessing executive skills.
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of 5 different components of a comprehensive executive skills assessment.
  • Identify at least 3 progress monitoring measures for evaluating the effectiveness of executive skills interventions.

Pricing Information


Standard Registration: $130.00

For those that are not able to attend the live webinar an "On Demand" recording is available for an additional $15

Contact Information

Hands on Approaches, Inc.

(212) 884-9101

Refund and Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be received in writing via fax, email, or mail. A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be provided if cancellation is received up to four weeks prior to the date of the course. Half tuition, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be refunded if cancellation is received up to two weeks prior to the date of the course. No refunds will be made after the two week deadline. Refunds where a coupon was redeemed will result in an adjusted refund amount. Tuition for no-shows or cancellations received after the course has started will be forfeited, no exceptions. Hands On Approaches, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the course for extenuating circumstances. A full refund for the course fee will be provided,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. Hands On Approaches, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participants (ie: non-refundable travel arrangements) if the course is cancelled.

Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability, participant demand or unforeseen circumstances. Courses may occasionally be cancelled. You will be notified by email and/or phone at least 24 hours in advance of the class start date. A full refund will be granted,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. While Hands On Approaches, Inc. will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Hands On Approaches, Inc.'s liability is limited to the tuition fee only.


Full day webinar - a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable) will be granted up to one week before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time. 

Mini Webinar (less than 4 hours) -  A 50% refund will be granted up to 3 weeks before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time. 

No refunds for recordings or “on demand” webinars. 

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