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Executive Functioning: The Conductor of Our Lives
3 In-service Credits/ 45 Hours Instructor Lauren Porter June 1-28, February 1-28, August 1-30
Executive functioning skills are considered essential skills in the ability to manage our everyday life. Executive Function is that neurological process which keeps us organized, drives us to establish priorities and helps us anticipate and plan for the future. This is the ability to have goal directed problem solving and the persistence to succeed in reaching an objective. Learning how to use these skills in the classroom and in life is probably the single most important skill children learn in school. Throughout this course, educators will gain an understanding of the components of executive functioning, including the inhibition of behavior, visual imagery, verbal working memory, emotional control and planning and problem solving. Strategies to assist with executive functioning deficits in school and at home are explored.