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Tera Sumpter, M.A., CCC-SLP
Executive functions play a critical role in the overall learning process as the all-encompassing regulatory system of cognition. Deficits in executive functioning impact all aspects of learning, including academically and socially. In this mini-course, you will learn about the various executive functions, their role in the learning process, means to assess and treat them, and ways to support the severely dysregulated child. Treatment techniques such as reflexive questioning, self-evaluation, planning, mindfulness and overall wellness for cognition will be addressed.
1. The participants will be able to communicate the role that executives functions play in the learning process.
2. The participants will be able to describe different techniques for supporting and improving executive functions in our children.
3. The participants will be able to incorporate new activities into their classrooms, therapy sessions or homes.
Tera Sumpter's Cognitive Processing Model for Academic Learning provides a structure for assessment and treatment. A variety of cognitive processes are involved in learning including speech development, phonological processing, visual imagery processing for symbols, visual imagery processing for concepts, receptive and expressive language, and executive functions. All of these cognitive components are required for children to develop literacy skills, reading comprehension, content application, organizational and attention abilities, and reasoning skills for academic success. Weakness in one or all of these cognitive processing areas can greatly impact a student's ability to learn and succeed academically. It is imperative that professionals use a comprehensive and integrative cognitive model to assess and treat students so that a complete profile is revealed. Cognitive processes do not function in isolation. They are all related, and therefore should be evaluated and treated in the same manner.
This model of Cognitive Processing for Academic Learning provides an integrated and comprehensive framework for assessment and treatment. It assists the therapist in identifying the root of a student's learning difficulty, targets where the breakdown in processing is occurring, and highlights which aspects of development are impacting each other. In addition, it focuses on aspects of the child's cognitive growth. This model guides the therapist in developing a treatment plan that is individual to each child. Ultimately, we see academic improvement and independence in the students.
1. The participants will be able to explain the different subsets of the Cognitive Processing Model for Academic Learning and how they are integrated.
2. The participants will be able to determine the cognitive processing systems related to literacy development.
3. The participants will be able to develop assessment and treatment protocols for different types of language, literacy and other related disabilities potentially rooted in executive functions which impacts a child's academic learning.