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Teaching techniques & activities to bolster executive functions

Executive functions are an essential skillset that are at the heart of our daily activities—we all need them, even when school is not in session. Many people don’t think about executive functions beyond helping individuals organize and carry out academic assignments. Yet, the organized thinking that results in the production of goal driven behaviors and helps individuals through their academic assignments is the same type of thinking that helps them with social problem solving and decision making.

Many students, clients, and patients with social learning challenges have difficulty developing the organizational skills needed to manage increasingly complex expectations of life in upper elementary, middle, and high school and into their adult years. Our organizational abilities emerge from executive functions that are expected to develop with minimal instruction.

Through the Social Thinking Methodology, we break down the executive functioning concept into smaller, teachable units by addressing goal setting, action plans, perspective taking and organization. Explore our most popular executive functioning free resources, livestreams, products, and on demand courses.

 

 

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Experts on Executive Functions Streaming Live on June 24, 2022

Providers' Day 1

Strategies, Language & Tech Tools for Improving Executive Functions: Time Travel, Self-Awareness, Self-Evaluation & Self-Regulation

Day 1 of Our 15th Annual Social Thinking Global Providers’ Online Conference

Executive functions are important for developing social and organizational competencies throughout our daily activities. While it may be obvious that social and organizational learning helps us to work in groups and acquire academic information, these same core competencies help us socially problem solve within and across our daily lives. Sarah Ward, an internationally recognized expert and dynamic speaker on executive functions, followed by Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke, co-developers of the Social Thinking Methodology, present two different keynotes on this important topic. Social and organizational awareness, prioritizing, and goal setting to then develop and carry out realistic action plans are some of the many concepts we expect students to acquire without direct instruction. In this course, you’ll learn how to use specific language, tech tools & strategies to foster development of situational awareness, mental time travel, self-awareness, and self-evaluation—all of which contribute to personal self-regulation.
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Raising an Organized Child: Strategies to Promote Executive Functions

In two keynotes, Dr. Damon Korb, MD FAAP and developmental behavioral pediatrician, and Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, MA-CCC and founder of the Social Thinking® Methodology, will connect the dots between executive functions—including self-regulation and perspective taking—and creative, practical strategies to foster organized thinking. Damon’s keynote will explain five important steps professionals can learn to guide parents in how to raise an organized child. He will also present strategies and lessons he has learned during his 20 years as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician to help foster children’s active engagement of organized thinking, the kind of learning and functions they’ll use throughout their lives. Michelle’s keynote will focus on how to help students/clients develop friendships. How do people make friends? How do we keep them? What creative strategies can we teach to help tweens and teens learn to invest in these important but complicated relationships?
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Executive Functioning

Part 1: How Do We Get Things Done?

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

Organizational skills for homework and classwork start with organized thinking. In this first of a two-part series, we explore three critical and fascinating aspects involving how every individual engages in organized thinking and then explore the process of identifying goals, creating action plans, and developing metacognitively based strategies to help our children, students or clients get things done.
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Executive Functioning

Part 2: Finding One’s Motivation to Tackle Many Moving Parts of Any Assignment

Series Name: Fostering the Development of Executive Functions

This second part of a two-part series is an exploration of metacognitive strategies to help students find their motivation, learn about time prediction, prioritize their workload, and track multiple assignments simultaneously. We explore the importance of perspective taking and how interventionists can help students learn to turn in their own assignments. Information can be used by attendees and students across school, community, and home. This course gets stellar reviews!
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