Tri-State Webinar: Understanding and Supporting Executive Function in Young Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (Part 2 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 the role of executive functioning (EF) in early childhood development, particularly in developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Identify potential signs of EF challenges in young children with DD/ASD
  • Understand the research evidence for how EF relates to long-term functional outcomes in DD/ASD
  • Explain the transdiagnostic role of EF in common childhood mental health issues

Presenter Information

Abigail Brandt, MA, CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related language, communication, and feeding differences. Her clinical interests include individual and group based-interventions targeting executive function skills, higher-order language, and social communication skills in early childhood and transitioning to young adulthood. Ms. Brandt’s research interests include early childhood executive functioning intervention and group-based intervention to support gender diverse and neurodiverse individuals.


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