San Diego Course #7 – Executive Functions


Thursday- May 3, 2018   8:00am-4:00pm

Course #7   – Assessing Students’ Use and Disuse of Executive Functions

by George McCloskey, PhD, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

About the Speaker

GeorgeGeorge McCloskey, PhD, is a Professor and Director of School Psychology Research in the Psychology Department of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds Diplomate status with the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.  He frequently presents at international, national, regional and state meetings on cognitive and neuropsychological assessment and intervention topics. Based on 20 years of research and experience working with children, adolescents and adults exhibiting executive function difficulties, Dr. McCloskey has developed a comprehensive model of executive functions that can be used to assess executive function strengths and difficulties and guide intervention efforts. He consults with a number of school districts and private schools nationwide on issues related to improving students’ self-regulation capacities in the classroom, behavior management, assessment and intervention for executive functions difficulties related to academic and behavior problems.  Dr. McCloskey is the lead author of the books Assessment and Intervention for Executive Function Difficulties and Essentials of Executive Functions Assessment and his most recent writing on interventions for executive function and executive skills difficulties appears in Chapter 10 of the book, Essentials of Planning, Selecting, and Tailoring Interventions for Unique Learners.  He also is the author of the McCloskey Executive Functions Scales (MEFS) from Schoolhouse Press.  Disclosure: Financial- George is employed by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and he receives royalties for his books from Taylor and Francis, Wiley and Schoolhouse Press. Nonfinancial-There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): School Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, School Counselors, Teachers and other professionals involved in individual student assessments

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade

Course Description: This course will help participants gain a deeper understanding of executive functions and how executive functions deficits impact the behavior and academic production of children and adolescents.  Participants will gain state-of-the-art knowledge of how to assess students to identify executive function strengths and weaknesses and how to develop and use progress monitoring tools once interventions have been implemented. This course will offer a multidimensional definition of executive functions that can be used to guide assessment efforts.  Currently available norm-referenced individually-administered tests and behavior rating scales will be discussed.  The pros and cons of currently available formal assessments will be discussed.  A comprehensive framework and specific techniques for the assessment of executive functions that address the multifaceted perspective needed to effectively assess the use, or disuse, of executive functions capacities in school and in the home will be presented.  The link between assessment and intervention and techniques for progress monitoring will be explored using case examples.

What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Describe a comprehensive model of executive functions
  • Explain the difference between learning and producing difficulties and how executive function difficulties can be manifested as producing disabilities
  • Identify the pros and cons of currently available individual-administered tests of executive functions and the contexts in which these tests are most effectively used
  • Identify the pros and cons of currently available behavior rating scales and the contexts in which these rating scales are most effective
  • Describe a comprehensive framework for assessment of executive functions
  • Apply the comprehensive framework to identify student’s executive functions strengths and weaknesses