Executive Functions in the Classroom
This 6-hour course focuses on a comprehensive understanding of executive functions in school-aged children. Participants will differentiate between metacognitive skills in order to understand developmental deficits in executive functions presenting in children. Principles of assessment and treatment are clarified, as they apply to speech-language pathologists and classroom educators. Participants will understand a variety of treatment options from fostering executive function development to creating successful compensatory strategies.
Jill Fahy is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University. She teaches graduate courses in Acquired Language Disorders, Development of Executive Functions, Right Hemisphere Disorders, and Advanced Clinical Practicum. She teaches undergraduate courses in Neurology and Clinical Techniques. Within the EIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Ms. Fahy specializes in the assessment of executive dysfunction, particularly as it is associated with concomitant disorders of language, cognition, or social/pragmatics. Many of her clients typically have multiple comorbid diagnoses and are seeking diagnostic insight and recommendations for home, school, and vocational needs. Ms. Fahy is a widely-known lecturer in the area of executive functions, speaking nationally and internationally on aspects of evaluation and treatment of executive dysfunction, and the role of language in executive functions. She is co-author of The Source for Development of Executive Functions and soon-to-be published article, Language and Executive Functions: Self-Talk for Self-Regulation. Prior to teaching at EIU, Ms. Fahy worked for several years as a medical SLP providing services for patients with acquired neurological deficits resulting from stroke and TBI, including those in acute care, inpatient and day rehabilitation, and home health.