Supporting Executive Skill Development when Schooling at Home


Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

8:00 PM EST - 9:00 PM EST

FREE Live Webinar

Recording will be available for View-on-Demand!

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Target Audience

Parents, OTs, SLPs, COTAs, behavioral therapists, educators, administrators, guidance counselors, coaches and psychologists working with children

Course Level


Course Description

Executive skills are sometimes called “the hidden curriculum”. They are skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success, yet curriculum standards seldom, if ever, explicitly reference these skills.

Neuroscientists now tell us that these skills take a minimum of 25 years to reach full maturation, and the course of that development is influenced by experience, exposure, modeling, practice and direct instruction.

This workshop will provide participants with a framework for understanding what executive skills are, the critical role they play in learning, and how parents and caregivers can structure schooling at home to support executive skill development.  


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

1 contact hour. 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 0.1 CEUs.

Recognized by NYSED State Board for PT as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education. Approved for 0.1 contact hours

Approved for 1  CTLE contact hours.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional Area).


8:00 PM EST – 9:00 PM EST

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM

  • Definitions
  • Underlying Theory

This portion of the presentation will go through the 11 executive skills individually, providing clear definitions and examples of the kinds of evidence-based interventions that support each executive skill.

8:30 PM-9:00 PM

  • Tools to help parents and therapists set structured schooling
  • Methods to help with executive functioning skills at home and throughout the day.
  • Changing the physical or social environment.
  • Modifying tasks.
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Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify how executive skills impact school performance and daily living.
  • Utilize methods to help children and students structure schooling at home to support executive skill development.

Pricing Information


If you would like a certificate of completion for AOTA, ASHA or CTLE credits, there is a nominal fee of $25. (Must be registered for this BEFORE the date of the course.)


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. Hands On Approaches, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participants (ie: non-refundable travel arrangements) if the course is cancelled. Tuition for no-shows or cancellations received after the course has started will be forfeited, no exceptions.
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. 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.

For online, recorded conferences, a full refund will be granted up to 72 hours before training date.  No refunds will be issued after that time.