Opening Keynote

Future Thinkers: A New View of Executive Function Skills

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP

Co-Director, Cognitive Connections, LLP
Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

 
Gain a new understanding on how students demonstrate executive function skills and a new perspective on what is meant by the term “executive dysfunction.” Learn the 360 Thinking Executive Function Model. Understand the relationship between motivation and executive control.



Closing Keynote

Time and Task Management

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP

Co-Director, Cognitive Connections, LLP 
Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

 
See and Sense the Passage of Time is a fundamental skill that students who tend to procrastinate need to develop! Learn how to help them accurately and effortlessly estimate how long tasks will take, change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames. Help students adopt a mindful approach to homework and to use schedules. Long Term Project Management is a challenge for students with executive dysfunction as they struggle to see into the future and to plan ahead for completing the smaller parts of the project. Learn how to help students visually break large projects into smaller steps, to estimate time to complete and schedule these steps, to visually learn the impact of procrastination and to prioritize steps of the project.


Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP has over 24 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. Ms. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops 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 and consulted with over 585 public and independent schools in Massachusetts and across the United States. Other awards received include: Bette Ann Harris Award (2017), MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2002, 2001) and ACE award from ASHA 2013 and 2016.

Unlocking Potential: Strategies for Success

Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Each year, McLean School invites both nationally celebrated and community-based experts on learning and development for a symposium highlighting new research and best practices in fostering growth for K-12 students. Now in its 9th year, Cecily’s Advocacy Workshop has grown as a key resource in the Washington metro area, attracting an audience of over 300 parents, educators, and child development professionals.
 
This workshop is named in memory of Cecily Kodis Kaufman, a devoted McLean School parent, loving advocate, and mother. Cecily was an inspirational member of the McLean School family. For many years, she was a steadfast member of the Parents Association Executive Board. Cecily left her mark on the hearts of all who knew her by her selfless, giving spirit to the McLean School community.

Program Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 am              Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:50 am              OPENING KEYNOTE: Sarah Ward
10:00 - 11:10 am          Workshop Session I 
11:20 - 12:30 pm          Workshop Session II
12:30 - 1:00 pm            Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm              CLOSING KEYNOTE: Sarah Ward


Contact Director of Events, Jennifer Jedrlinic, at jjedrlinic@mcleanschool.org if you need additional information.


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Workshop Session 1 (click titles for description)

List of 6 items.

  • The Get Ready *Do* Done Model

    Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP
    Co-Director, Cognitive Connections, LLP
    Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
     
    Do what you do . . . . . just make one tiny tweak and turn the core classroom objectives and tasks into powerful tools to teach students executive control skills for classroom and treatment interventions.  The Get Ready *Do* Done’Program develops the process of how to Plan Backwards to Execute Forwards. Show students how to truly create mental visual imagery for the future and to perform a mental dress rehearsal to sequence actions towards a goal and hold that prospective memory in mind while they execute and self-monitor through tasks. Apply this process so that students know how to visualize and breakdown simple, multi-step and complex tasks and assignments and then sequence and plan the requisite steps to fully complete work. Generalize the Get Ready *Do* Done process to independent planning. This program Decrease Prompts and Increases the independence with which students can self-initiate, transition, control their behaviors and impulses to complete tasks with less supervision.

    Biography
    Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP has over 24 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. Ms. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops 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 and consulted with over 585 public and independent schools in Massachusetts and across the United States. Other awards received include: Bette Ann Harris Award (2017), MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2002, 2001) and ACE award from ASHA 2013 and 2016.
  • Turning “The Talk” into an 18-Year Conversation (recommended for parents of students in grades 7-12)

    Helping Parents Navigate Age-Appropriate Conversations about Gender, Consent, Sex, Love, and Relationships (recommended for parents of students in grades 7-12)

    Molly Love, LCSW
    Middle School Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming, McLean School
     
    Research has shown that parents are the number one influence when it comes to children’s decisions around sex, love, and relationships, yet these are also the topics that we as parents struggle with the most. During this workshop, participants will learn about the research around developmentally appropriate ways to have the difficult conversations with children around such topics as gender, sex, consent, love and relationships. Participants will be given practical tips, as well as have the opportunity to practice evidence-based communication strategies in a safe environment.

    Biography
    Molly Love, LCSW, has worked for the past 20 years in and around the Washington, DC, area with teens, practitioners, and parents toward improving the lives of children and families. The principal focus of this work has been fostering healthy peer-to-peer relationships, promoting communication between parents and children, the prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, as well as the prevention of sexual assault. Molly is a licensed Social Worker in Maryland and is currently the Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming in McLean School’s Middle School. Prior to this she served as the Family Planning and Social Services Director of CCI Health & Wellness Services, and the Executive Director (2012-2014) and Director of Outreach (2007-2012) for Teen and Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), which merged into CCI. Molly served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP). Her work in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and ICAP to train school nurses and community providers to help parents effectively communicate with their children and influence them to avoid risky behaviors, was recognized with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  


  • Effective Parenting Strategies in Targeting Common Childhood Behavior Problems (recommended for parents of students in K-6)

    Noah Weintraub, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist
    Co-Director of Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
     
    Are you tired of repeating yourself or arguing with your child? Does your child have difficulty stopping something they like doing, or starting something they don’t like? Are you unsure whether or not you should yell, lecture, threaten to take something away, send your kid to their room, or ignore difficult behaviors? Do you roll your eyes when you hear the terms “point chart” or “time out” saying to yourself, “We’ve tried all that and it didn’t work?” Do you and your spouse/partner often disagree on how to respond to your child’s behaviors? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may find this workshop helpful. Participants will learn helpful, yet counterintuitive tools to help your child change mild to more difficult behaviors.

    Biography
    Dr. Weintraub is a Psychologist and a Co-Director of Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington (BTC). While Dr. Weintraub works with all ages, he specializes in children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. In addition to OCD, Dr. Weintraub specializes in phobias, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, ADHD, Tourette’s Disorder, body-focused repetitive behaviors, parent management training and other behavioral disorders. Additionally, Dr. Weintraub runs BTC’s Disruptive Behavior Management Program for severe emotional and behavioral disorders, which includes the Child Management Skill and Parent Support Group. Further, he initiated and organizes a GOAL support group for OCD sufferers at BTC.
  • Biomedical Treatments for ADHD and Learning Disabilities: The Role of Diet, Nutrition, and Supplements

    Pamela J. Compart, MD
    Developmental Pediatrician, HeartLight Healing Arts
     
    Many cognitive and behavioral symptoms that appear brain-based can be influenced by factors occurring outside of the brain. This workshop will address common factors affecting brain function such as insufficient dietary protein, histamine from allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities. These factors are treatable and treatment may result in improvement in behavior and overall functioning.  

    Biography
    Dr. Compart is a board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. She is also an Integrative/Functional Medicine Physician. She attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, and subsequently completed a pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She was selected for an additional year as a Chief Resident. She then did a 3-year academic fellowship in behavioral and developmental pediatrics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Dr. Compart founded HeartLight Healing Arts in 2001. In her current practice, she combines the best of traditional medicine with a variety of complementary interventions such as dietary change and nutritional supplements. She is the co-author of two books: “The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook” and “The ADHD and Autism Nutritional Supplement Handbook.”
  • Making Therapy Fun: Changing the Focus of Attention through Exergaming

    Marc Sickel
    President/Owner, Fitness for Health

    Therapy can be boring, which can lead to a high incidence of non-compliance, and therefore poor results. Changing the focus of one’s attention from an internal to an external focus of attention has been shown to be more effective in physical therapy. This can apply to occupational therapy, as well.  Learn how a child becomes more engaged and motivated using a fun approach with exergaming.
  • Technology: Use or Overuse? Exploring the Motivational and Clinical Considerations

    Michael Reiter, PhD
    Licensed Psychologist
     
    Our youth are using technology at staggering rates, and the video game industry now pulls more revenue than Hollywood. This workshop will explore the psychological motivation behind technology use and gaming, and the related clinical factors. We will identify when technology use becomes overuse, when and how to address the underlying issues, and ways to help facilitate a more balanced life for our children.

Workshop Session 2 (click titles for description)

List of 6 items.

  • Closing the Homework Circle (recommended for parents of students in grades 5-12)

    Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP
    CoDirector, Cognitive Connections, LLP
    Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
     
    Immediately adopt concrete strategies to help students to manage their time and materials to successfully record, bring home materials and complete nightly homework assignments. Practical strategies will be given to help with the initiation of difficult assignments and to ensure work is returned in a timely manner.  The homework space:  learn tricks forsupporting students and their families in creating a positive and productive environment for homework – even if you do not go home with the student! Does your student have a test next week but does not know how to study? Learn innovative techniques to teach students how to plan their time, prioritize the material to study and learn the process of how to memorize content to be prepared for exams.

    Biography
    Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP has over 24 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations and treatment of executive dysfunction. Ms. Ward holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury and other cognitive communication disorders. Ms. Ward is an internationally recognized expert on executive function and presents seminars and workshops 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 and consulted with over 585 public and independent schools in Massachusetts and across the United States. Other awards received include: Bette Ann Harris Award (2017), MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award (2005) and the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (2002, 2001) and ACE award from ASHA 2013 and 2016.
  • Turning "The Talk” into an 18-Year Conversation (recommended for parents of students in grades K-6)

    Helping Parents Navigate Age-Appropriate Conversations about Gender, Consent, Sex, Love, and Relationships 

    Molly Love, LCSW
    Middle School Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming, McLean School
     
    Research has shown that parents are the number one influence when it comes to children’s decisions around sex, love, and relationships, yet these are also the topics that we as parents struggle with the most. During this workshop, participants will learn about the research around developmentally appropriate ways to have the difficult conversations with children around such topics as gender, sex, consent, love and relationships. Participants will be given practical tips, as well as have the opportunity to practice evidence-based communication strategies in a safe environment.

    Biography
    Molly Love, LCSW, has worked for the past 20 years in and around the Washington, DC, area with teens, practitioners, and parents toward improving the lives of children and families. The principal focus of this work has been fostering healthy peer-to-peer relationships, promoting communication between parents and children, the prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, as well as the prevention of sexual assault. Molly is a licensed Social Worker in Maryland and is currently the Coordinator of Social-Emotional Programming in McLean School’s Middle School. Prior to this she served as the Family Planning and Social Services Director of CCI Health & Wellness Services, and the Executive Director (2012-2014) and Director of Outreach (2007-2012) for Teen and Young Adult Health Connection (TAYA), which merged into CCI. Molly served for two years as the Co-Chair of the Montgomery County Interagency Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy (ICAP). Her work in collaboration with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and ICAP to train school nurses and community providers to help parents effectively communicate with their children and influence them to avoid risky behaviors, was recognized with a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.  
  • Stress and the Brain

    Self-Regulation Strategies to Help You and Your Family
     
    Sarah C. Wayland, PhD
    Special Needs Care Navigator and RDI Consultant
    Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC

    Does parenting sometimes make you feel like you are losing your mind? It turns out that there are very real physiological reasons that explain why we aren't at our best when we are stressed out. In this presentation, you will learn what happens to your brain, its impact on your experiences and behavior, and strategies that can help you cope. Bonus content: this information will help you understand your kid's stress behavior too! 

    Biography
    Sarah Wayland, PhD is a certified RDI Consultant and a Special Needs Care Navigator at the company she founded, Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC. Her Special Needs Care Navigation services are designed to help parents learn how to access resources and knowledge so they can confidently and effectively help their children. As an RDI™ Consultant, Dr. Wayland helps parents learn how to give their children the essential skills that make relationships work.
  • Adoption and School Success: Strengthening your Adoptive Family and Classroom (recommended for teachers and parents)

    Cynthia Cubbage, LCSW-C
    Private Practioner and Clinical Director, Adoptions Together
     
    Circumstances prior to adoption often cause adopted children to experience school differently than other children.  Learn how to help your student be successful and ease stress at home.
    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand what could be adding to your child’s challenges in the classroom and what to do next
    • Learn what an adoption-informed school "really" is and why it is important for your child
    • Learn how to create an adoption-informed classroom
    • Receive action steps for teachers and parents to take to assist your student to "be all they can be."

    Biography
    Cynthia Cubbage, LCSW-C, Adoption Specialist has 19 years of experience dedicated to serving children and families through non-profit work and county government agencies. She has provided individual, group, and family psychotherapy with extensive experience with clients who present with depression, attachment challenges, anxiety, ADHD, complex trauma, emotional dysregulation, sensory integration challenges, and intergenerational/intercultural family issues. She has held leadership positions that involve child advocacy efforts, assessing public local policies, developing innovative programming for youth/children. Her passion and interest focus on working with adoptive families, birth parents, and aging-out youth in the foster care system. She has provided trainings nationally and internationally on adoption issues and has worked as a team developing adoption competent publications and therapeutic materials. Cynthia and her wife are parents by the adoption of two children.

  • Blended Learning for a 21st Century Learner: Leveraging Online Content Media

    Andrew Tran
    Science Department Chair, McLean School
     
    This Blended Learning workshop will focus on leveraging 21st century learner’s desire to learn from multimedia sources and how 21st century learners obtain information. An exploration and analysis of traditional classroom forms will be explored. Tools, information and hands-on learning will help participants incorporate and understand how to best help their students leverage the technology at their fingertips. 

    Biography
    Andrew Tran is the Science Department Chair, Grade 8 Physical Science Teacher and Robotics Coach at McLean School. He oversees the K-12 Science Program as the Science Department Chair. Previously Mr. Tran taught at the Congressional Schools of Virginia (Middle School Science Teacher), Commonwealth Academy (Summer Program Teacher), and Green Hedges School (Instructional Technology Specialist). He entered the world of science education and chemistry during his junior year at The College of William & Mary earning a degree in Chemistry, with a focus in Bio-Inorganic Chemistry, with subsequent graduate courses at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. He is currently working on a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Maryland, University College. Outside of the classroom, Andrew is an avid hockey player, amateur violinist, and world traveler in his spare time. 
  • Asynchronous Development in the Atypical Learner

    Karin Varblow, MD, PC

    Children have various individual styles for communicating and processing information, yet age-appropriate norms have been established based on standard deviations and the most common achievement levels.  But what happens when kids do not follow the growth trajectories of their “50th percentile” peers? This workshop will explore the gifts and the vulnerabilities which accompany atypical development. Parents and professionals will learn how to better support these unique individuals as they grow and learn at diverse rates.

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