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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Learn it Today, Use it Tomorrow! Practical Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills - Session 1 of 2

Date: Monday - October 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Virtual Two-Part Workshop
Two-Part Series - Register for One or Both



Learn it Today, Use it Tomorrow!

Practical Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Both Virtual and In-person Learning


Two-Part Series - October 26 & 28, 2020 - 1:00-3:00pm (Pacific Time)


Register for Either Session On Their Own,

or Receive A Discount for Registering for Both





Come and join Sarah Ward, who returns to NWAIS by popular demand, for two-interactive virtual learning experiences around executive function. Register for one or both sessions.




Workshop Descriptions


Session 1 (October 26, 2020, 1:00-3:00, Pacific Time)


Decrease Prompts! Developing Executive Self-Regulation, Initiation and Transition Skills in Students for Virtual and In-person Learning

This is a practical strategies seminar-10% theory and 90% tools! First you will learn how to clearly define what the executive function skills are for the purpose of determining the most effective treatment interventions. Understand the development of the executive function skills and what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction”.  You will learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use strategies for teaching students how to develop the executive function skills. Teach students to develop a “memory for the future”, to devise plans to achieve their goal, to use self talk,  to self-initiate, to transition to the next task of higher priority and to control their impulses  to successfully self regulate to complete a task. Improve a student’s awareness skills so that he/she can “read a room” then “stop, think and create” an appropriate action plan and infer possible outcomes. Teach students to see and sense the passage of time and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames.  Fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity for class routines and transitions.


Session 2 (October 28, 2020, 1:00-3:00, Pacific Time)

Get It Done! Developing Independent Executive Function Skills for Academics: Supporting students in managing their time, classwork, assignments and projects in virtual and in-person learning in virtual and in-person learning

Do you have students who are disorganized and may not have the materials they need or even turn in the homework they have completed? Is their desk or locker a ‘black hole’ for papers and materials? Or do you see students who struggle to initiate complex academic assignments, procrastinate and then run out of time to do their ‘best work’? Do you see students who are constantly multitasking, so tasks/assignments take twice as long as they should?  Is it heartbreaking to hear their difficulties with engaging and completing tasks described as a lack of motivation? Does it seem that they have an inability to breakdown the demands of an assignment and have a sense of how to start? 

Attendees will learn how to make small tweaks to existing assignments and academic curricula to turn learning activities into powerful tasks that develop the executive function skills. Walk away with many new and updated interventions and reproducible handouts that are instantly usable upon your return to the classroom including practical strategies for both the classroom or for teaching in a remote learning environment. Many useful resources, guides, and web-based learning tools for tele-instruction will be provided.Discover how to teach students to create and stick to time markers; identify and manage internal, external and digital distractions. Master how to help students visually break large projects into smaller steps in order to  learn the impact of procrastination and prioritize project steps. Regardless of whether you work with a high school,kindergarten and any age/grade in between, you will learn how to teach students powerful tools to develop the underlying cognitive skills for effective task execution!  




Hear What Attendees of the 2019 Fall Educators Conference Thought of Sarah's Featured Speaker Session:



AMAZING. Wish the session could have been longer. We're trying to get Sarah Ward to come to our school! 

She's an amazing and engaging presenter. I learned practical skills that I can implement today.

A favorite session of the day. Dynamic presenter, fascinating psychological / theoretical framework, and some practical tips for dealing with relevant situations in the classroom.  

What wonderful, practical, detailed information in a short amount of time! I am the Educational Support Teacher at our school, and this session gave me such great information to pass on to our faculty and families. This was the most clear, incremental, practical presentation about executive functioning that I have ever attended. Thank you so much. I feel 150% better able to explain executive functioning skills and how to address lagging skills after attending this session.  

I was thinking about this session all weekend. Sarah Ward is amazing! She understands her "what" and "why", and also her "how". Her content made so much sense, and felt realistic and accessible. I hope to have more opportunities to learn from her!

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in the treatment of executive dysfunction.  Sarah is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars on the programs and strategies she has developed with her Co-Director Kristen Jacobsen. Their 360 Thinking Executive Function Program received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from the National Organization CHADD. She has presented to over 1400 public and private schools in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and Australlia.


Pricing and Registration


Session 1

Session 2

Session 1 & 2


Early Bird

By October 1, 2020





After October 1, 2020














Updated Bill School Option: Easiest way to register! Member schools are encouraged to "bill your school". This will simplify your process and minimize transactions. Your registration date will now be calculated as the date you complete your online registration, rather than the date that payment is collected.


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Registration Deadlines

Your online registration must be complete by the appropriate deadline to be eligible for the early bird discount.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.



Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by October 21, 2020 are eligible for a refund after a $25 / $50 cancellation fee for one-day registration / two-day registration respectively. Cancellations received after October 21, 2020 are ineligible for any refund.



Attendees Will Be Eligible For 4 Clock Hours And / Or STARS Credits

New Process: Due to changes in state requirements, these credits can only be provided to those who register for them in advance of the event. Attendees cannot be sign up for them on-site or after the event.

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.

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