Understanding Executive Functioning: A Primer for Occupational Therapists


This webinar will examine the relationship of executive functions to self-regulation and praxis skills.


Presented by: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded October 17, 2019

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: Executive functioning skills are a hot topic these days among pediatric practitioners. With an apparently increasing number of children demonstrating executive functioning challenges, occupational therapists need to have a better understanding of what these functions are, how they interface with OT areas of practice, and what role OTs might have in assessment and intervention of these executive functions. Particular areas of OT interest that will be examined include the relationship of executive functions to self-regulation and praxis skills.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify six executive function skills.
  2. Describe three aspects of executive functioning and how they relate to OT practice.
  3. Identify two assessment tools and four intervention strategies for executive functioning.

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or .15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation, is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration.  She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis, ideation, and sensory integration and is a co-collaborator on development of the SAFE PLACE and FOCUS Programs.  She has extensive experience with children and adults with autism and a diverse clinical background having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is past Chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  She is the recipient of the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTF, The Alice S. Bachman Award from Pediatric Therapy Network, and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy. 

 ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at admin@thespiralfoundation.org or (617) 969 – 4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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