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Turning “I Can’t” into “I Can!” for Kids with Executive Function Deficits: Practical Strategies to Get Organized, Manage Time & Complete Tasks
Turning “I Can’t” into “I Can!” for Kids with Executive Function Deficits: Practical Strategies to Get Organized, Manage Time & Complete Tasks

Where:   ANAHEIM, CA

When:  Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

In this experiential program, you will learn evidence-based cognitive, physical and environmental strategies to use in the assessment and intervention of executive function (EF) deficits in children and adolescents.

You will learn effective assessment processes, activity analysis, interventions and coaching activities that empower positive behavior change in the kids you work with. These innovative interventions will help your clients successfully negotiate the daily tasks of life such as organization, time management, initiation and completion of tasks – without heavy reliance on others.

You will learn interventions that increase self-awareness, self-monitoring and problem-solving skills and teach them how to be proactive and a socially and academically successful student. The often-forgotten influence of sleep will also be prioritized as a means to success, along with routine-building strategies, such as goal attainment scaling.

Attend and learn how to:
  • Use a model of inhibition, working memory and cognitive shifting as a framework for working with EF
  • Maximize memory formation through sensory processing and sleep strategies
  • Assess functional EF needs effectively to establish concrete interventions
  • Establish skill-building interventions to promote organization, time management and task completion
  • Design effective accommodations to enhance generalization of skills to navigate daily tasks
Focusing on a top-down, client-centered approach and incorporating both remediative and adaptive interventions ensures that you can hit the ground running with your clients immediately. Your competence will translate to their confidence!

  1. Utilize the developmental patterns for the three foundational components of executive function (EF) to create lens for assessment and intervention.
  2. Develop mindfulness, physical activity, positive reinforcement and environmental interventions and assign as homework, classwork and activities of daily living (ADLs) for children and adolescents.
  3. Examine the neurological connections between attention, arousal, and memory that affect executive function performance in ADLs, academics and social participation.
  4. Establish the relationship between postural control, attention, vision and executive functions as it relates to assessment and treatment planning.
  5. Correlate the influence of sleep on executive function performance and the consequences of arousal challenges with sleep onset difficulties.
  6. Utilize goal attainment scaling as an intervention to improve client’s self-management skills, habit formation and routinization.

Inhibition, Working Memory and Cognitive Shifting: The Working Model of Executive Function
  • Developmental patterns to distinguish assessment and intervention processes
  • Dysfunction patterns in ADHD, ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder, learning disabilities, brain injury
  • Consequences of impulsivity, working memory difficulties and cognitive rigidity
Neuro Connections: From Sensory Processing to Memory Formation and Sleep
  • Sensory processing as basis for learning
  • Arousal states and “window of opportunity for learning”
  • Self-regulation: sensory, cognition, emotional regulation, impulse control
  • Postural control and relationship to attention
  • Vision and learning: consequences for attention, EF
  • Sleep and influence on learning, self-regulation, memory consolidation and attention
Assessment: From Observations to Standardized Tools
  • Observational strategies to identify EF deficits
  • Assessment tools for inhibition, working memory and shifting
  • Semi-structured interviews and self-assessment tools
  • Assessment tools for global EF measurements and sleep
  • Identification of sensory arousal patterns

Skill-Building Strategies to Get Organized, Manage Time & Complete Tasks
  • Martial arts, physical activity, mindfulness and yoga incorporations
  • Sensory and cognitive-based strategies for self-regulation and arousal: “POW! Battery System”
  • Time management remediation processes: “Time Detective”
  • Internal voice to promote metacognition, planning, and attention: “Play by Play”
  • Sustained, alternating attention and memory activities: “The Lyrics Game”
  • Motor learning principles to promote automaticity
  • Mnemonics, chunking and storytelling: “What the EF?!”
  • Video case examples: Implementing skill building strategies
Adaptations to Enhance Generalization of Skills to Navigate Daily Tasks
  • Adaptive seating, visual clutter considerations, vision boards
  • Positive reinforcement and creation of systems: organizational habits
  • Plan, organize, work, finish tasks: “POW! Strategy”
  • Self-monitoring goals to establish routines: goal attainment scaling
  • Sleep hygiene protocols as part of the EF continuum
  • 504 and IEP accommodation design strategies
  • Video case examples: implementing adaptation strategies
  • Case Study: 9 year old male with ADHD and sensory processing disorder
Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Educators
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • School Administrators


Nicole R. Quint, Dr.OT, OTR/L, is a licensed occupational therapist with more than 15 years of experience specializing in working with children and adolescents struggling with executive functioning skills, sensory processing behavior and social emotional learning. Her clinical practice includes work in the hospital, home health, outpatient and school-based settings. An associate professor at Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Quint provides instruction in both the masters and doctoral programs since 2009. She provides consulting services specific to advocacy in the schools, organizational conflict assessments, leadership, program development and evaluation, as well as innovative practice development. Her research focus includes adults with sensory processing disorder, autism and vision and sensory-based interventions.

Dr. Quint has developed programs to promote sensory processing as a foundation for learning, social emotional learning and development to promote performance in all areas. She has an expansive presence in local, state and national conference platforms, including Region 7 South Occupational Therapy Group; Florida Occupational Therapy Association (FOTA); American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); Section on Pediatrics Annual Conference; Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference (SoPAC, APPTA); as well as presenting at the Canadian Occupational Therapy Association Conference in 2018.

Dr. Quint heads the Making Sense of SPD Parent Support Group in Davie, FL, which works toward education, advocacy and support for families living with SPD. She is the co-creator of It Just Makes Sense, a grant-funded professional development program for the occupational and physical therapists working in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the nation. Dr. Quint is completing her Ph.D. in conflict analysis and resolution, focusing on conflict related to disabilities and systems, including special education, legal systems, and health care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Nicole Quint is an associate professor at Nova Southwestern University. She is a speaker who receives an honorarium for PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Nicole Quint is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association; Florida Occupational Therapy Association; and the Caribbean Occupational Therapy Association.
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This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
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California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

This live activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline and the certificate of completion you receive from this live activity. Contact us for more information on your state board or organization specific filing requirements. American Psychological Association credits are not available.

Psychologists/School Psychologists: PESI, Inc. is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer professional development for school psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for the program. Provider #1140. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

Speech-Language Pathologists

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

California Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Social Workers
PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE programs that are approved by other approval agencies, including several that approve PESI and its programs. A full list of approval agencies accepted by the BBS can be found at under “Where to find CE Courses.” This intermediate level activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction.

Other Professions
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