Exectutive Functioning: the Mind’s Gatekeeper

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  •  June 9, 2014
     12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Executive function refers to the cognitive skills that we use to solve problems. They assist us in:

  • Representing the problem
  • Making a plan to solve the problem
  • Executing the plan, and
  • Evaluating the effects of the plan


Executive function may be one of the least studied and most frequently overlooked contributors to academic and behavioral problems.  Individualsstruggling with Executive Dysfunction are often labeled lazy, forgetful, unmotivated, always late, and easily distracted.  However, the reality is that Executive Dysfunction impairs planning, flexibility, sequencing, emotional regulation, working memory, organization, and self-monitoring.


This workshop would be valuable for individuals who struggle with these features as well as their families, educators and mental health practitioners.


YOUR INSTRUCTOR:Jody Hofer Van Ness is a licensed educator with a Master’s Degree in Education and a certificate in autism.  She has a background in classroom teaching, school administration, and family education, but is quick to point out that her greatest learning opportunity has been her 21 year old son who lives with autism. 

Currently Jody serves as a Pyschoeducational Consultant for the many divisions of Fraser.  She also owns and operates Eye Box Tools, Inc. which provides a line of products for supporting individuals who benefit from visual strategies and solutions.

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