Date(s) – 05/16/2019
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A common feature of weak executive function skills are reduced organization skills. As students move from elementary to middle to high school, the ability to think in an organized way or to use these “higher order thinking skills” becomes more and more important. You will learn many practical strategies to teach children how to identify the big picture, to integrate information, to make inferences, to improve their speed of processing and to problem solve. In addition you will learn concrete strategies to help children manage their time and materials to successfully record and complete nightly homework assignments, long term projects and to prepare for tests. Location TBD; please check back.
Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP and Co-Director has over 20 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Verbal Learning Disabilities
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injury
Acquired Brain Injury
Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.
Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of academic placement and treatment programs.
She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an emphasis on the treatment of executive functions. She subsequently began to train graduate students in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on the symptoms and treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain based disorders.
Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, member of the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health Model Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association. She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with brain based learning differences.
A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.