Tri-State Webinar: Understanding and Supporting Executive Function in Young Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (Part 1 of 2)

Archived Webinar Description

This two-part series will provide an overview of the development of executive functioning (EF) skills in early childhood (ages 3-6 years), as well as an introduction to stages to support the early development of EF skills in young children with EF challenges.

Part 1 will discuss:

  • What is executive function?
  • How does executive function develop?
  • Why is executive function important?
  • Can we improve executive function?

Part 2 will discuss:

  • Tantrums and executive function skills
  • language modifications for preschoolers
  • Core executive function skills
  • Hands on activities
  • Key strategies for success

Learner Objectives

After attending this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Describe key principles for conducting executive functioning (EF) intervention in the classroom with young children with DD/ASD
  • Understand the core EF skills to facilitate in young children with EF challenges
  • Identify key intervention strategies to use in the classroom to support EF skills (for push-in and pull-out delivery models)

Presenter Information

Allison Ratto, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National and holds an adjunct appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Music. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related developmental disabilities, particularly in young children, girls, and psychiatrically complex youth. Dr. Ratto also speaks Spanish fluently and has a strong interest in working with families from Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Her research interests include early childhood executive functioning intervention, understanding the experiences of girls and women on the spectrum; and increasing inclusivity and access to culturally responsive assessment and treatment for ASD.


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