Executive function can be a moving target, it is found in students with AD/HD, learning disabilities, and in students without learning and attention issues. Moreover, children diagnosed with executive function weaknesses can have difficulties in initiating tasks, organizing their mental processes and materials, remembering and retrieving information, shifting their mental processes and behavior flexibly, managing their time, and self-monitoring. Information about executive function will be presented as well as strategies for helping children with executive function difficulties.
Surina Basho, Ph.D., Educational Therapist and Cognitive Neuroscientist, Contributing Author To Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom
Surina Basho earned her PhD in Child Development from Tufts University, where she focused on cognitive neuroscience (studying reading in the brain at MIT/MGH) and learning differences (executive function, working memory and dyslexia) in children. While obtaining her PhD, Surina worked with renowned executive function expert, Dr. Lynn Meltzer, conducting neuropsychological assessments, individualized intervention for students, and research in the classroom. She also co-authored a chapter with Dr. Meltzer in the book, "Executive function in the classroom: Fostering strategic mindsets across the grades and content areas," (2010). As part of the Mind, Brain, Education Summer Institute at
Harvard University, Surina instructed diverse groups of professionals (i.e., teachers, principals, neuropsychologists, and researchers) in how cognitive neuroscience and education can inform one another.
Most recently, Surina was a researcher with Challenge Success at Stanford University where she evaluated school reform programs to reduce stress, improve academic integrity, and increase health/well-being in students. Presently, Surina provides consultation and teacher training workshops to schools in executive function and educational neuroscience; has a private practice working with children with executive function weaknesses, learning differences, and AD/HD; and is a research consultant to the Research Institute for Learning and Development, MA.
Audience: Parents of students in elementary, middle and high school.
Spanish interpretation available. Please contact PEN at (415) 751-2237 to register.
Friday, January 24, 2014.
9 am - 11 am.
Location: Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco 94123.
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