Executive Functioning: Foundation To Application For Neurodiverse Clients


February 22 - 09:00 am


February 23 - 04:00 pm

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Hudson Valley Professional Development

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Two-day training to explore relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective.

Join Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CTP, ADHD-RSP, in this 2-day training (February 22 9am-4pm AND February 23 9am-4pm) that presents a dynamic, relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective. Understanding the brain hierarchy and developmental expectations from infancy into adulthood brings the impact of executive function challenges to the forefront. The areas of cognition, language, and social-emotional growth are deeply rooted in children establishing the necessary foundational capacities for learning. A framework that focuses on the roles of self-regulation and essential precursors to emotional development is integral to practicing treatment approaches that are in-tune with current, brain-based research.

For neurodiverse populations, executive functioning difficulties underlie daily struggles. An in-depth analysis of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and developmental learning disability will be explored through case studies to indicate the progression of executive functioning. The impact of a skill deficit in the areas of executive functioning will be described. Clinical examples will explain the need for bottom-up developmental therapeutic interventions, as opposed to those that prioritize top-down consequence-based methods. Supportive strategies will be demonstrated as participants will be encouraged to partake in cooperative problem solving, investigating possible solutions for managing challenging situations.

12 CEs are available for NYS LMHCs, LMSWs, LCSWs, LMFTs, LCATs, NYS Licensed Psychologists and NYS Licensed Psychoanalysts upon completion of this two-day training.

*A lunch break is scheduled from 12pm-1pm each day of the training.

Learning Objectives (day 1):

1. Participants will define executive functioning and explain how pertinent skills are represented in daily living.2. Participants will discuss the main purpose of whole-brain integration using knowledge of brain hierarchy.

3. Participants will analyze the connections among executive functioning, cognition, language, and social-emotional development to understand how these domains are intertwined with essential components of EF skills.

4. Participants will track the progression of executive function skills through play development to discuss the benefits of using play in therapeutic intervention.

Learning Objectives (day 2):

1. Participants will identify the foundational capacities that underlie common struggles of individuals with ASD, ADHD, and DLD.

2. Participants will discuss how relational and play-based therapy address executive function challenges, including higher-level processes, for neurodiverse populations.

3. Participants will analyze the core developmental deficits in populations with neurodevelopmental difficulties to determine effective strategies across environments.

4. Participants will connect how derailment of EF impacts development and affects future health outcomes.

In accordance with the NY State Education Department guidelines, in order to receive continuing education contact hours, a participant needs to be present for the duration of the workshop/training. Therefore, participants who arrive late or leave the event early will not be granted a certificate of completion. This is a two-day training; participants must be present for both days to earn CE credits; NYSED does not permit the awarding of “partial credit” of a training.

​Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be provided for cancellations made in writing up to three business days prior to the start of the event.

Accommodations and Accessibility: HVPD welcomes participants with diverse abilities. Please contact us at info@hudsonvalleyprofessionaldevelopment.com to request accessibility accommodations. Accommodation requests are considered in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Polina Shkadron, MA, CCC-SLP, MSNE, CTP, ADHD-RSP is the founder of Play to Learn Neurodiversity Consulting an established private consulting practice in the Forest Hills area of Queens, NY. She holds a Master of Arts degree in speech-language pathology from CUNY Queens College and a Master of Science degree in nutrition education from American University. As a certified trauma and ADHD professional, Polina is passionate about helping families, clinicians and educators understand the intricate connections among stress, adverse childhood experiences, and development of neurodiverse children.

Over the course of her career, Polina has earned four ACE awards from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for her dedication to learning. She has used her knowledge to research how detrimental relationships are created with food while attending to the enhancement of the mealtime environment for children and families through nutrition counseling, parental empowerment, and self-efficacy. Her expertise in the areas of autism, ADHD, and pediatric feeding are a culmination of her clinical background.

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