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How to support executive functioning with environmental scaffolding (self-talk, time-perception, planning)

Today, I wanted to share some FAQs that people ask about how to teach executive functioning. Some of those common questions are:How do you teach self-talk, time-percep...

What do administrators need from school therapists and teachers? (featuring Eric Makelky, Jalita Johnson, and Jethro Jones)

Almost every school leader that I know has said they didn’t realize what they were getting themselves into when they started their first administrative position. In th...

A framework for executive functioning intervention: Three shifts for school teams

As a professional field, we’re getting stuck in old ways of thinking when it comes to designing services for students experiencing executive dysfunction. When we think...

The role of syntax in supporting language processing and executive functioning

Language and executive functioning have a bidirectional relationship (Baron & Arbel, 2022; Larson, et al., 2019). This means that building language skills can impact e...

Turning litigious situations in to reading reform initiatives (with Mary Saghafi and Shannon Betts)

Teacher preparation programs should equip reading teachers with the knowledge they need to provide explicit intervention for students who have dyslexia or other disabi...

The content + strategy + retrieval trifecta for language and executive functioning (with Katy Wyatt)

Is it functional to work on parts of speech?Is sentence diagramming useful? How do we improve word-retrieval in kids with developmental disabilities, and is it similar...

Experiential learning and cultivating a passion for the outdoors (with Greg Morrissey)

Preparing young people for adulthood is all about providing them with the right blend of experiences; both in and outside of school. Building literacy, numeracy, and c...

The summer slide: Real phenomenon or invented by tutoring companies? (with David Schipper)

My heart sinks when I see how polarizing topics in education have become, as well as the tendency for people to have “all or nothing” thinking.I’ve seen an increasing ...

Why aren’t they participating? Rethinking family engagement in special education (with Dr. Kristin Vogel-Campbell)

Helping families feel involved in their children’s education goes beyond checking the boxes to make sure you’re following legal guidelines.That’s why I invited Dr. Kri...

BONUS: The Authority: Executive Functions for Every Classroom with Mitch Weathers

About The Authority Podcast:Hosted by leadership coach, storytelling strategist, and edtech advisor Ross Romano, The Authority provides education leaders with proven i...

Turning disagreements in to alliances in K-12 education (with Dr. Barb Flowers)

There’s a lot of "us vs. them" thinking happening relating to what’s going on in the school systems.Parents feeling like teachers don't want to accommodate students wi...

Comorbidities and Differential Diagnosis (ADHD, DLD, Dyslexia)

When kids need support with language, reading/writing, and executive functioning, they often have multiple diagnoses.This makes both treatment planning, diagnosis, and...

Literacy and background knowledge: Essential skills for life (with Dr. Pamela Snow)

The most effective reading instructional practices aren’t always the ones that gain traction.It’s the ones with the most successful marketing campaigns. The best marke...

Unpacking the early literacy debate and building a foundation in PreK (with Jane Gebers)

The literacy space has become increasingly polarizing since the reading wars began.There are a number of debates and questions that continue, including:Will kids learn...

Using AI to write IEP goals and manage service plans (with Sean Klamm)

No one working in special ed has ever said, “I chose this career so I could do paperwork all evening and weekend.”Yet many realize after getting into the field that ad...

Becoming a literacy leader and advocating for the right to read (with Brianna Guild)

Related service providers are often considered subject matter experts. Our role is to support other members of multidisciplinary teams like teachers, parents and admin...

Therapy session structure, narrative language, and commentary on gestalt language processing

In this episode, I share a special Q & A session I did with the members of Language Therapy Advance Foundations; my program that provides service providers with a rese...

Debriefing, de-escalation, and relationship repair (with Crissy Mombela)

Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors don’t have to define us. This is an important thing to remember for adults dealing with professional burnout and compassion fatig...

The cost of caring: Compassion fatigue in education and healthcare (with Crissy Mombela)

People working in school or medical settings are in a position to be caring for others in their professional lives; which makes it difficult to leave work at work.When...

Does your SYSTEM support your policy and your curriculum? (with Jalita Johnson)

If we try to make schools in the US more like schools in other countries, will that result in more effective practices? Why do policies work in some districts, but not...

BONUS: SEEing to Lead: Seeing the whole staircase (with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan)

This week, I’m sharing an interview I did with another host on the BE podcast network because I think it’s something you’ll really enjoy. The episode is going live in ...

Am I influencing or trying to control? Reframing advocacy and clinical leadership (with Candice Noss)

There’s a difference between influence and control. Whether we’re making suggestions to a coworker, asking a supervisor for support, setting expectations with kids, or...

Audiobooks, homework research, and the "read for 20 minutes" rule

If the schools are devoting time and money to improving reading instruction, how should the rest of the day look for kids as it pertains to literacy? Should parents be...

Unlocking success through sensory processing and team collaboration (with Maude Le Roux)

When I first learned about the field of occupational therapy, I had a very superficial understanding of what it entailed. In the school systems, it seemed like referra...

High school language therapy: Do we still have time to make an impact? (with Tiffany Shahoumian-Ruiz)

Language therapy often focuses on early intervention; but what happens if students continue to struggle with language in the high school years? Many SLPs are pressured...

The six stages of financial independence for therapists and educators (with Ben Hockema)

In this conversation, Ben Hockema and I discuss how to create a solid financial plan in your career so you can focus your time and energy on the impact you can make. W...

Building financial literacy from elementary school through adulthood (with Ben Hockema)

Executive functioning and financial literacy go hand-in-hand; which is why money management should be a part of any K-12 curriculum. Much of this has to do with self-e...

Becoming a school founder and empowering students through project-based learning (with Tanya Sheckley)

Many people working in K-12 education have ambitions to start their own company where they have the ability to redesign the way student learning happens.The motivation...

Developing a cultural competemility mindset for educators and clinicians (with Melanie Evans)

Many clinicians are trained to focus on checklists and evaluations so we can walk in to work confident; knowing exactly what our protocols are. And while systems and p...

Are we being too child-focused in our therapy planning?

People working in the schools are often expected to make everything a priority all the time, without consideration of how they might be able to manage the backlog of p...