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The Summit School Announces Executive Functions Symposium – Dr. Peg Dawson presents Smart but Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and School

Mon. 01/28/2019

(January 2019, Edgewater, MD) – On Saturday, March 23, 2019, The Summit School will host its spring symposium, Smart but Scattered: Executive Dysfunction at Home and School. Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the best-selling books Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, 2nd Ed. (2010), Smart but Scattered (Guilford, 2009) and Smart but Scattered Teens (2013, Guilford), will examine how executive skills – the cognitive processes required to plan and organize activities, follow through on tasks and self-regulate – impact daily living and social performance.

Attendees will learn assessment skills and task/environmental modifications, skill development through cognitive/behavior techniques, incentive systems, and coaching as an intervention strategy, to help children overcome weaknesses in executive functions. Even the most experienced educators and engaged parents will leave with tools that can be immediately used to help children develop:

  • organization
  • time management
  • impulse control
  • goal directed persistence
  • executive skills critical for independent functioning.

Dr. Joan Mele-McCarthy, Executive Director of The Summit School, invited Dr. Dawson to speak at a Summit Symposium to bring both a deeper understanding and best practices in support of executive skill development to our community. Child development research indicates there are key strategies for improving executive skills and Summit is excited to offer this valuable content to professionals and parents looking to support children with executive function challenges.

The Summit School expects approximately 200 people to attend the full-day event and continuing education through ASHA and NASP are pending. “It’s an honor to bring this information to our community. I’d like to thank the many participating Partner Schools that help make the Summit Symposium Series possible,” said Dr. McCarthy, “along with M&T Bank who we welcome as our presenting sponsor.” For more information about the Summit School Symposium Series or to register for the event visit www.thesummitschool.org.

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About the Speaker: Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire and, since 1992, has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including retention ability grouping, reading disorders, attention disorders, the sleep problems of adolescents, the use of interview in the assessment process and homework. She is co-author of the best-selling books on executive dysfunction, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents; 2nd Edition (Guilford, 2010), Smart but Scattered (Guilford, 2009) and Smart But Scattered Teens (Guilford, 2013). She is also the 2006 recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Dawson received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

About The Summit School: The Summit School was founded to serve children, grades 1-8, with dyslexia and other learning differences. Now in its 30th year, Summit has an incredible record of helping children become successful learners. The core of Summit’s program incorporates: highly trained teachers, researched-based instruction, hands-on, multi-sensory learning environments and low teacher-student ratios. For more information about The Summit School and Summit Resource Center please visit www.thesummitschool.org.

About M&T Bank: M&T is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Trust-related services are provided by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.

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