Presenter: Martha S. Burns, PhD, CCC-SLP
– R.D., prior course participant
Executive Functions (EFs) and other aspects of Cognitive Control mature well into adulthood. Adolescents are, in many ways, just beginning this journey. This practical course reviews the research on maturation of these aspects of cognition in typical middle and high school age students and those with EF difficulties. EFs reviewed include: attention, theory of mind, working memory, decision making, emotional regulation and goal setting. How these impact classroom performance is specifically addressed.
This course then presents approaches that SLPs can use to help middle and high school age students compensate for EF difficulties in the classroom. Finally, pharmacological interventions as well as evidence-based methodologies for building executive function skills are reviewed.
Course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs – 2 Contact Hours.
Course Overview – Run Time: 2:00:58
– J.T., prior course participant
– K.H., 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.
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.
"I would highly recommend this course." Y.S. (Nov. 2022)
"I loved the Student Planner suggestions - this will be very easy to implement." A.D. (Sept. 2022)
"Liked the speaker's level of expertise - very practical tips. Learning the neurological foundations/principles to understand EF better." H.H. (July 2022)
"I particularly liked the research supporting Growth Mind-Set since the students I work with have language disorders. Good examples given throughout." M.F. (June 2022)
"I liked the session on working memory." A.M. (June 2022)
"Overview of the brain regions and specific strategies to help students was beneficial." S.M. (June 2022)
"I liked the suggestions for treatment, particularly suggestions for working memory." J.A. (May 2022)
"The discussion on using planners as an organizational tool was helpful. Also, the use of a routine and how crucial it is was helpful to know with this age group." A.L. (Apr. 2022)
"I liked how the presentation was grouped into two parts. I liked the flow and found it is easy to follow along with and stay engaged." A.L. (Apr. 2022)
"I loved the treatment suggestions for students and will implement as many as possible as I work with teens frequently." B.S. (Apr. 2022)
"Dr. Burns' organization and presentation of the material is unparalleled. She is an excellent teacher and clinician who does an excellent job of explaining the neuroanatomy details, pertinent research and links that with relevant clinical suggestions for treatment." B.S. (Apr. 2022)
"Understanding brain development in adolescences was helpful. Identifying specific strategies to aid instruction in each area e.g. how to complete the planners. The instructor's tone of voice and pace was pleasant and conversational - not too fast and kept my interest." S.W. (Apr. 2022)
"Liked the ideas for therapy. The material was broken down to easily understand it." K.D. (Apr. 2022)
"Good explanations for specific interventions - classroom strategies." B.L. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the information on attention and the classroom strategies." G.T. (Mar. 2022)
"I liked the classroom activities, and the strategies to help improve executive functioning." M.H. (Mar. 2022)
"Clear and well-organized presentation. Addressed a variety of issues. Excellent graphics! I liked the strategies to help students with reading and writing skills." N.K. (Feb. 2022)
"I liked the information about reading and writing exercises. I also liked the explanation of the different ADHD medicines." E.C. (Dec. 2021)
"Good strategies to use with older students." M.B. (Dec. 2021)
"Practical strategies, activity suggestions, and good resources." T.F. (Dec. 2021)
"I really liked all of the classroom activities and suggestions and the examples provided." T.F. (Dec. 2021)
“I liked the sections on goal setting, improving reading, and improving writing skills. The entire part 2 was great!” A.C. (Dec. 2021)
“This course was outstanding. Useful and practical. I have recommended this program to my colleagues who work with children who have social language difficulties.” R.D. (Nov. 2021)
“The review of the organization of the frontal lobe and the development of its functions was extremely helpful.” J.B. (Nov. 2021)
"Understanding the things that motivate teenagers and how to engage them in functional tasks will be beneficial for my daily practice. I liked the examples of activities and research in neuroscience." M.D. (Sept. 2021)
"Specific classroom strategies, routines, and good strategies for reading and writing. I liked the visuals and info about planners and graphic organizers." I.H. (Sept. 2021)
"Any ways that can help different students in the classroom, especially 6-8th graders will help my daily practice. Liked the activities to help the student with working memory and organizational skills." M.O. (Aug. 2021)
“It was very thorough and confirmed the importance of the work I do. I found it very interesting how high school behavior is specifically related to brain development.” P.B. (Aug. 2021)
"I liked the specific examples to work on to address specific areas of executive functioning. I liked how much information she provided. She also mentioned many ways to help students in the classroom." V.D. (Jun. 2021)
"I liked the many ideas and strategies to use with students. They were very practical." R.L. (Jun. 2021)
“I found the practical suggestions for addressing organization, working memory, selective attention, and visual memory very helpful. These are ideas I can easily put into practice with my students.” K.H. (Jun. 2021)
“While I found the intervention strategies most beneficial for my practice, I liked that the presenter started with a discussion of the neurology behind executive functioning as it was a good starting place to understand what's going on in the brain and why our students may be struggling. Also, I found it helpful to learn about the myelinating and the pruning of different areas of the brain at different stages in life.” M.W. (Mar. 2021)
"I appreciated the practical applications, graphic organizers, and going over the specifics of neurological development." L.C. (Mar. 2021)
"I loved the strategies!! So much information!!" M.B. (Jan. 2021)
"I enjoyed the suggestions for students in goal setting." M.V. (Jan. 2021)
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.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Most of our online courses provide a link to download the accompanying handout as a PDF file.
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.
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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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