Teachers expect students to have sufficient executive functioning skills, yet, they are rarely taught in the classroom. Many students with learning differences and attentional difficulties experience issues with starting, maintaining focus, and finishing tasks. Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage mental skills, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching, and the initiation and monitoring of actions. In short, executive function allows us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. When a person struggles in this area, feelings of failure are multiplied. Using Dr. Thomas Brown's model of executive function, this presentation will explore the processes and tools available to help students in each of the areas of activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action.
Todd Hanson is the Director of Technology and AT coordinator at Groves Academy in St. Louis Park, Minnesota where he has been on staff since 1986. After graduating from the University of Minnesota he began working at Groves as a math teacher in the Upper School, he has also served as a Middle School science teacher, Upper School Division Director, and has helped technology at Groves grow from a room full of Apple IIs to a school-wide one-to-one computing program. Todd is currently working with students, families, and schools, helping them find the technology that will make the difference. He enjoys speaking, locally and nationally, about how technology can level the playing field for students with learning disabilities and attentional disorders.
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