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Intervention for Child and Adolescent Executive Function Difficulties

George McCloskey, PhD

August 5-9, 2024

Monday - Friday: 9:00a.m. - 12:30p.m. EDT | 30-Minute Break Daily

15-Hour Course |  Delivery Format: In-Person Only

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Course Description

In this course, George McCloskey - widely admired for the clarity, comprehensiveness, and warmth of his teaching style - will help participants gain a deeper understanding of executive functions and of the ways executive function deficits impact the behavior and academic performance of children and adolescents.

Participants will gain state-of-the-art knowledge of the most effective ways to help children and adolescents improve their use of executive functions and executive skills. Ways to discuss executive functions with children, parents, and school staff will be offered, as well as ways to help motivate children and adolescents to ensure their participation in efforts to help them. Special emphasis will be placed on how to orient students to intervention efforts and help them move from being externally controlled to internally self-regulated through the use of bridging strategies. Case study examples of assessment and intervention efforts and outcomes with children and adolescents will be discussed throughout the presentation.

Participants will leave this workshop energized and with a renewed sense of purpose, a greater knowledge of how to improve executive functions and executive skills, and a greater realization of how they can have a positive effect on the children, parents and professionals with whom they work.

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Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: George McCloskey has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations. He receives a speaking honorarium from MAK Continuing Education, LLC, Cape Cod Institute.

Non-financial: George McCloskey has no relevant non-financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

George McCloskey, PhD, is a Professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the School for Professional and Applied Psychology at PCOM and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Based on more than 35 years of research and experience working with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive control difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive control that can be used to assess executive strengths and challenges and guide intervention efforts. He frequently presents both internationally and nationally. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide and overseas on issues related to assessment and intervention for improving students’ executive control in the classroom and at home. Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment, and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 10 of the book Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners. He is co-author with his wife, Laurie McCloskey, of the children’s educational book The Day Frankie Left His Frontal Lobes at Home. He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS), available from Schoolhouse Press. 


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What Alumni are Saying...

"It was well paced and gave me time to digest material in a way that will help structure my approach to this work in the coming school year." - 2022 Participant

"I absolutely loved the course and am looking forward to coming back." - 2023 Participant

"The depth of information increased my understanding of the EF as a part of everyday life." - 2023 Participant



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