Transdisciplinary Workshops, Inc.

PO Box 356

Yarmouth, Maine, 04096


Quality continuing education since 1995




Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP

Harrakeeset Inn

Freeport, Maine

360 Thinking Executive Function Program:

An Advanced Training in Executive Function Interventions



Monday, October 30, 2017

  • Program Description

    This Executive Function skills training defines, demonstrates and practices executive function skill interventions with hands on activities. Proficiency in the use of executive function interventions at the basic level is assumed and in this workshop participants will learn and practice more in depth therapeutic interventions. This course is designed to help professionals bring their practice to the next level of competence and effectiveness.

    Cognitive Connections' 360 Thinking Program combines concepts that are at the core of executive functioning: situational and intention awareness, mimetic ideational information processing, time awareness and higher order thinking, which promote efficient and accurate completion of tasks.  The model is based on facilitating the development of 6 key skills for students: initiation, transition, planning, time management, self-regulation, and meta-cognition.

    Students need to learn how to create a mental ‘dry run’ of several possible future scenarios as a basis for planning and monitoring task completion. As the steps of a task are envisioned, potential obstacles can be anticipated for students to problem solve and achieve independence.

    In this practical strategies seminar we will briefly review the 360 Thinking Model of Executive Function Skills.  The seminar will then proceed to cover, at a more in depth level the practical aspects of assessment and treatment planning, and will go beyond the basics. Woven throughout the day will be case examples, IEP goals and how to formally and informally assess executive function skills.

  • Objectives

    Sarah will present many new and specific examples of therapeutic strategies to:

    • Increase situational intelligence and teach students how to STOP and read the Room and effectively transition between tasks
    • Teach 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
    • Develop a student’s ability to use ‘if...then’ causal thinking and self-directed talk
    • Help students independently transition, initiate, plan, organize and control their behaviors for task completion.
    • Show students the process of time management, complex planning, self-regulation/pacing and temporal reasoning. While clocks, calendars and schedules help students to measure clock time they do not always reflect how a student experiences time.   Improve a student’s ability to calculate the time needed to complete tasks and self-monitor the passage of hourly and daily time.  Teach students how to break down complex tasks and assignments and then plan for, organize and initiate and complete those tasks within allotted time frames
    • Improve speed of information processing
  • Speaker Bio

    Sarah Ward has over 15 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:• Attention Deficit Disorder• Verbal Learning Disabilities• Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities• Asperger Syndrome• Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities• Traumatic Brain Injury• Acquired Brain Injury
    Her particular interest is in the assessment and treatment of executive function deficits.

    Sarah also provides consultation and expert witness testimony regarding the symptoms and functional presentation of deficits associated with brain based learning disabilities and the appropriateness of academic placement and treatment programs.

    She became a specialist in the assessment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury with an emphasis on the treatment of executive functions. She subsequently began to train graduate students in speech and language pathology, medical and special education professionals on the symptoms and treatment methods to improve the language, cognitive, executive function and social skills of brain based disorders.

    Sarah is a Past President of the Massachusetts Brain Injury Association,  member of the Massachusetts Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Board and the National Institutes of Health Model  Systems Traumatic Brain Injury Grant Advisory Board and is a member of the American Speech and Language Hearing Association.  She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions where she provides instruction to graduate level students in the assessment techniques, development of therapeutic objectives, and intervention strategies for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

    Sarah is dedicated to developing innovative treatment strategies and educating the community to understand, care for and celebrate the learning and behavioral based differences in individuals with brain based learning differences.

    A popular speaker, Sarah regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.  She has presented to and consulted with over 350 public and private schools in Massachusetts and across the United States.

    Awards Received:
    • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute
    of Health Professions, May, 2005.
    • Recipient of the Faculty in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute
    of Health Professions, May, 2002 and 2011
    • Recipient of the Partners in Excellence Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital ,
    December, 1998
    • Recipient of the Stephanie Macaluso Expertise in Clinical Practice Award for the Massachusetts
    General Hospital , June 1998.

  • Workshop Details

    Date: Monday, October 30, 2017

    Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

    Location: Harraseeket Inn

    162 Main Street, Freeport, Maine, 04032


    Tuition: $200 Group rates available, contact for information

    Intended Audience: Special Educators, Teachers, SLP's, Psychologists, Social Workers, Parents and Private Practice Clinicians/Therapists.

    Luncheon: Lunch and continental breakfast are provided as part of your registration fee.

    Audience Capacity: 150

    Additional Information: N/A


  • Registration Information

    Group Rates:

    • Contact us prior to registering for groups of 5 or more


    Purchase Orders:

    • Use the online registration form first for the participants you are registering for

    • Please e-mail or mail purchase order

    • All purchase orders include a $15 processing fee per invoice

    • Invoices not paid by 30 after the workshop date, will be subject to an additional $25 fee/person

    • Make sure to include an email address for the accounting department so that we can invoice you efficiently



    • Your registration is complete once you receive an e-mail from Transdisciplinary Workshops with your confirmation of payment

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  • CEU Information

    Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

    Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 6.0 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.

    Social Workers: CES, provider #1117, is approved as a Provider for Social Work Continuing Education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CES maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 10/15/15 through 10/15/18. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers completing in this course will receive 6.0 clinical continuing education clock hours.

    Licensed Professional Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to grant continuing education credit for LPCs in the following states: AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. CES maintains responsibility for this program. LPCs completing the program will receive 6.0 continuing education hours of credit.

    Nurses: As an American Psychological Association approved provider Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, (Provider Number CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Nurses completing this program receive 6.0 CE hours of credit.

    Speech and Language Pathologists: SLPs and Audiologists will receive and ASHA "Verification of Attendance" form.


  • Cancellation Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration prior to the event, you will receive a credit towards any future workshop with us within 5 years.

    We must receive cancellation notice, credit will not be given if you do not cancel prior to the event.




Transdisciplinary Workshops, Inc.

PO Box 356

Yarmouth, Maine, 04096