Learn to build executive function skills to help improve your treatment outcomes. In this self-paced online course, you will learn interventions to use immediately and boost your confidence working on executive function. This master course focuses on strengths-based techniques using the fun Train Model. Did you know there are thinking and doing skills involved in executive function? Are you aware that executive function skills develop as young as 6 months and build upon each other? You already have the knowledge to facilitate dramatic changes in your students – now harness that into actionable skills today.
Get your students on track in this course – AOTA approved for 8.5 hours of professional development.
All Aboard to improve ADLs and iADLS in any setting and with any age!
A course workbook, monthly office hours, 6 months of access, entirely self-paced and online, 8.5 hours of AOTA CEUs
Start your journey to become an expert in executive function (EF). First, learn how deficits in EF affect occupations in childhood. Then, dive into the latest research on EF and start using up-to-date ideas, such as the OT Practice Framework. Get introduced to the Train Model and take a look at a case study – does this student sound familiar?
Begin to shift your perspective on EF as you learn that executive function begins to develop in babies. Understand EF milestones and boost your knowledge of emerging skills that build on each other through play and experience. Discover what scaffolding is in executive function and how teaching to your students’ learning styles will improve outcomes.
The best start to the executive function journey begins with a plan. See how the Train Model teaches how to organize work and begin using the STOP Method to boost your student’s EF immediately. Discover play-based ideas for EF in all settings and learn treatment tips for planning and organization.
Discover how time management truly affects occupation in students and learn the ways that time blindness can hinder children’s EF. See how working memory can be the ticket to a smooth journey in executive function and gain new ideas and methods to guide your therapy toward better outcomes.
Delve into metacognition and read new research linking it to occupation. What is ‘future thinking’ and what do gesturing and thought bubbles have to do with building EF skills? See what’s involved in “thinking about thinking” and learn about new treatment ideas to add to your toolkit to improve your students’ metacognition. Get ready to change their lives!
See how neurology can be your friend when working in executive function. Meet a new friend named Phineas and learn how he can help your work as an OT. Learn about regulation in the Train Model and how to adapt when changes occur along the “track”. Access new strategies to help students with maintenance and regulation.
Become familiar with how the Theory of Mind is something that impacts a child’s awareness of feelings and social skills. Begin interoceptive awareness to work on your students’ emotions. Utilize the Train Model to gain visual representations of abstract concepts and receive new treatment ideas to improve task initiation using a strengths-based approach.
Pull your new ideas together to create achievable goals based on executive function skills. Learn the critical questions you need to ask during assessments and discover how to list accommodations in any setting to help students. Tie together everything you’ve learned and start showing how your understanding as an OT can start addressing executive function.
We had the pleasure of working with Cara during our 2020 Kansas Occupational Therapy Conference. She was very flexible, and despite the pandemic, she was still able to present for us virtually. We were finally able to welcome her to our state in person for this last year’s 2021 Conference. She was not only a joy to work with, but her sessions were innovative and engaging for our participants.
I felt burned out and wondered why I became an OT. After taking Cara’s course and mentoring program, I found my WHY again!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Kimberly J. Charlotte, NC
The Trauma-Informed Care course was absolutely amazing. I learned so much and can’t wait to use it.
Rebekah Schachner, OTD Student
I wanted to let you know I have attended some other Trauma related courses in the past, however, I think since yours is from the OT perspective, I found it to be much more informative and useful to implement in to future treatments. Thank you so much!
I wanted to send you a note to tell you how wonderful the webinar was today. We received positive feedback, and everyone enjoyed it so much! You always do such an amazing job. It is so evident you love your work! Thank you again.
Cara not only brought a plethora of knowledge to our community, but she was also able to talk to parents with a compassionate understanding of the challenges they face.
Cara Koscinski is one of my favorite resources to share! She has such a passion for teaching and sharing her extensive knowledge about everything from sensory issues to everyday strategies that make life work. Cara’s an amazing expert with first-hand experience. She explains things in a way that anyone can understand, and her tips are always practical, compassionate, and helpful! I just LOVE her and her tips!
Cara uses real-life examples to solidify concepts. Her experience and practical tips will make a huge difference in my clinic. Also, her PASSION is contagious. I’ll be back for more. Thanks!
Julia R. OTA in CA
Cara is an accomplished occupational therapist, writer, speaker, teacher and overall advocate for children with special needs.
Cara has been a therapist since 1997. She earned her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy, master’s degree in occupational therapy, and bachelor’s degree in health sciences. Along with many other achievements, she earned status as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) by the International Board of Credentialing – a highly regarded achievement in the health field.
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