$39.00 USD

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0.15  ASHA CEUs

Breaking Bad: Top-Down Executive Function Training And Clinical Interventions That Enhance Learning And Motivation #e244


Presenter: Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP

Learn research on best practices for building cognitive control.


"SO relevant to my job as a school-based SLP! Brain information was fascinating. Great course!! Take it."

– G.J., prior course participant

This course will review new research on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), self-regulation, motivation and academic confidence. The content will include brain research on how regulatory skills mature in children and adolescents to enable purposeful, goal-oriented behavior for academic success.

Learn research on best practices for building cognitive control. Also covered is a methodology shown to increase confidence through academic success and decrease behavioral problems like impulsivity and aggression.

Course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs – 1.5 Contact Hours.

Course Overview & Run Time

Course Overview – Run Time: 1:39:46

  1. Processes Underlying Motivation and Academic Confidence.
  2. Cognitive Skills and Psychobiology of Self-Regulation.
  3. Factors Associated with Executive Function Issues.
  4. Working Memory.
  5. Interventions.
"I appreciate how Dr. Burns covers current research and neurological data relevant to clinical treatment. She pulls all that information together in a cohesive and understandable lecture with clear suggestions for the next clinical steps in diagnosis and treatment."

– B.S., prior course participant

The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Reviews

"Concise and clearly presented information. I liked the 3-tiered approach to intervention for academic confidence." A.L. (Nov. 2022)

"I found all aspects of this course helpful, including the neurological data, current research, clinical relevance, and treatment suggestions to address the difficulties. Dr. Burns is one of the outstanding lecturers on these topics and she is extremely skilled at synthesizing relevant information into clinical suggestions that are extremely helpful." B.S. (Nov. 2022)

"I appreciate how Dr. Burns covers current research and neurological data relevant to clinical treatment. She pulls all that information together in a cohesive and understandable lecture with clear suggestions for the next clinical steps in diagnosis and treatment." B.S. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the information on motivation and neuroscience rationale." S.S. (Sept. 2022)

"Learning how motivation and self-regulation are connected, as well as how the limbic system can affect learning. I also appreciated the practical therapy ideas for working memory, etc. The instructor was really engaging, and the content was challenging." C.M. (July 2022)

"All of it was beneficial. Super helpful as I serve birth-21 and not a specific population. Quick, efficient, and great info. Also, I LOVED the specific treatment techniques that I can further investigate and utilize with my clients. Very tangible and helpful." R.C. (June 2022)

"Very current research/clinical info, practical strategies. Liked the new info and strategies for attention and executive function." S.D. (June 2022)

"I liked the therapeutic approach of taking a major project and working backward to break the task into small, manageable parts." T.D. (June 2022)

"The executive function targets related to ADHD were helpful." T.K. (June 2022)

"Beneficial to learn therapy activities and systems within therapy that help promote confidence, engagement, etc. at a biological and physiological level. I liked that this course offered some concrete activities and strategies to implement that are backed by research about best practice." K.G. (Apr. 2022)

"Practical therapy ideas for students to work on executive functioning skills, including information on adolescents." R.O. (Apr. 2022)

"I liked the activity ideas for working memory, and suggested word recall exercises for younger children. Course was well organized, with many links and resources to refer back to." J.W. (Apr. 2022)

"I enjoyed how the presenter reiterated the level of difficulty tasks are for the clients we work with, and how there needs to be a balance." S.W. (Apr. 2022)

"I enjoyed learning more about executive functioning. I thought that the information was well organized." J.B. (Mar. 2022)

"I liked the explanation of social competency skills and the relationship of SEL to Executive Function skills." K.L. (Mar. 2022)

"What staff reaction should be for bad behaviors – the top-down, bottom up foundations. Course was straightforward." M.H. (Mar. 2022)

"Understanding the connection between emotion and memory – I liked the background information and resources." J.J. (Mar. 2022)

"It was a good review about the importance of bottom up and top down. Also, all children can learn when we individualize and balance "expected" rewards versus anticipated effort. I liked her interactive activities and the demonstrations." K.H. (Mar. 2022)

"I learned how to better facilitate motivation. I liked the topic and content." S.J. (Feb. 2022)

"Excellent course! Easy to follow and SO relevant to my job as a school-based SLP! Brain information was fascinating! Great course!!! Take it!" G.J. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the incredibly valuable information about EF and the emotional aspect of learning. The discussion on terminology, the why, the science behind the why and what was most beneficial. The course was excellent." A.H. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the motivation breakdown balance of incentive and effort. And info concerning stress on brain and learning." T.S. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the focus on motivation and confidence – functional use for my clients!" K.G. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the executive function strategies, science underpinnings, and practical examples." L.N. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the practical activities listed – the course was thorough." M.B. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the discussion of all of the brain research in relation to memory & emotion. So much important information." C.K. (Oct. 2021)

"The examples of $10 words and warm ups and the very end ideas for sustaining a therapy session were good." C.M. (Sept. 2021)

“I am extremely excited about the idea that adolescence is the age of opportunity. So many educators today just give up on the adolescent. I also liked that it was positive, and it stressed the point that anyone can learn.” C.D. (Aug. 2021)

"I appreciated going over the relation to brain structures. I liked the visuals and examples." A.B. (Jul. 2021)

"I liked the current research examples cited. The examples of therapy tasks for attention, working memory, goal-setting, etc. were very helpful." S.O. (Jul. 2021)

"The overall content was extremely helpful. I think the suggestions for activities near the end of the lecture were helpful and can easily be put into practice. I liked the pace of the speaker, explaining the material, and the visuals." K.H. (Jul. 2021)

"The references to young children was beneficial since that is my caseload. The material was presented in an interesting manner."  L.K. (Jun. 2021)

"The information was interesting and applicable." S.M. (May 2021)

“I like courses by this author. She challenges me to understand new research, but in a very organized way translates it to connect with my prior knowledge and experience. Just like good therapy.” S.P. (Feb. 2021)

“I found it very helpful to hear the ideas for how to build the skills necessary to improve executive functioning skills. Particularly for school-aged clients. I appreciated that before we got to the teaching of how to target growth of executive functioning skills, we were taught the information about and research on executive function skills and why we target what we do to strengthen these skills.” M.W. (Jan. 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the behavioral and neural characteristics of top-down and bottom-up self-regulation.
  2. Enumerate the behavioral and neural characteristics of intrinsic and extrinsic self-regulation.
  3. Identify key capacities in maturation of regulatory skills in children and adolescents.
  4. Recognize components of cognitive control that are relevant to SLP interventions.
  5. Develop executive function goals and methodologies for use with children and adolescents.
  6. Identify evidence-based approaches for social-emotional learning intervention.

Presenter & Disclosures

Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a renowned author and clinician specializing in language and brain development. Dr. Burns is an ASHA Fellow, serves on the faculty of Northwestern University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and has been a consultant to Chicago area school districts for over 30 years. She has authored three books, a test, and over 100 book chapters and articles on language and brain development, language disorders, and interventions for autism, and auditory processing disorders.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Martha Burns is a presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.

Financial — Martha Burns is a paid consultant for Scientific Learning Corporation.

Nonfinancial — Martha Burns has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Intended Audience/Accreditation

asha ce approved provider

This program is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of ASHA CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 ASHA CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

ASHA CE Registry: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUs: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Florida: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Florida Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board. Provider #SPA-026.
  • New Jersey: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the New Jersey Department of Education. Provider #1654.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Course Completion Timeframe:

You have unlimited time to complete our online courses. You may log off and log on as often as you’d like to in order to complete all sections of a course.

However, completion dates are based on Eastern Standard Time. Therefore, if you need your CEUs by a certain date, be sure to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on that date. For example, if you need CEUs before January 1st, you will need to complete the course test before 11:59pm EST on December 31st.

Content Access:

Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the My Online Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

Certificate of Completion:

On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on Eastern Time Zone, USA/Canada), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs). Please note that CEUs are awarded on the date of successful test completion, not the date of course enrollment. Please ensure that you successfully complete the post test prior to any licensure renewal dates.

ASHA CE Registry Submission:

During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

Purchase Orders:

Purchase orders are currently not accepted for online orders, if you wish to submit a purchase order please do so at info@northernspeech.com or fax to 888-696-9655.

What is an Online Course?

Our Online Courses consist of video, audio, and/or text content and are offered for ASHA CEUs. Unlike a webinar, which requires participants to be logged on and at a computer at specific times, our Online Courses are available to you at any time, from any device, via your NorthernSpeech.com online account. You may work at your own pace and start and stop your course as you wish. Your course will conclude with a short post test. On successful completion of the post test (>80%), a printable certificate of completion is presented to you.

Receiving CEUs:

Northern Speech is an ASHA CE Provider and our online courses are registered with ASHA and offered for ASHA CEUs. Please note that successful completion of the online post test is required prior to the awarding of CEUs. Please contact your state licensing board for acceptance policies related to CEUs earned online. Please note that courses offered for university students are not applicable for CEUs.

Registering for an online course:

You may browse all online courses by clicking the Continuing Education tab above, then Online Courses. Once you find a course, click Enroll Now, and you will be asked to either log into your existing Northern Speech account or create a new online account. Once you’ve entered your account information and provided your credit card payment, your course will be immediately available to you.

Accessing your purchased course or returning to a purchased course:

You will be able to access your online course by logging into your Northern Speech account and then clicking the My Online Courses tab on your profile screen. Click the course you would like to start or to resume. From there, proceed through the course sections until you are ready to complete the post test. You do not have to complete your course all at once. You may log on and off as you wish.

Testing requirements:

Each online course concludes with a post test consisting of multiple choice or true & false questions. Scores of 80% or greater are required for successful course completion and awarding of CEUs. You may revisit course materials and retest as needed to achieve a passing score.

Number of CEUs offered:

We offer courses from 1 to 21 contact hours. Each course will note the number of CEUs offered. Please note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = 1 CEE.

State licensing boards and online CEUs:

NSS is an ASHA CE Provider and most state licensing boards DO accept ASHA CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some boards do, however, place a limit to the number of CEUs that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any CEU limits related to home-study courses prior to enrolling in an online course.

Course formats:

Our course formats include: text, audio, video, and PowerPoint with author narration. Each course will note the format on the course description page. Most courses include closed captioning.

Course handouts:

Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file. 

Group discounts:

Groups of 3 or more are eligible for a 20% discount on each registration on most of our online courses. To receive this discount, registrations need to be processed together via the "Group Rates" tab on the Online Course of your choice.

Computer requirements:

For our online courses to function best, we recommend that you update your computer to include the newest version of your Internet browser (Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, etc.) and newest version of your computer's operating system. Also a high-speed Internet connection is recommended (cable or DSL). Speakers or headphones will be required for many of our courses as many contain audio components.

Course Cancellation Policy:

A purchased online course can be exchanged, refunded, or transferred to another individual if contact is made with NSS (via phone or email) within 30 days of purchase and the course materials have not been viewed or downloaded. 

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