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Building Executive Functions:

Strategies and Technologies to Implement Now


Shayla Hulgan, MA

Shelley Haven ATP, RET

Friday, November 8, 2013

9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Cost: $140—Lunch included

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A growing body of research demonstrates that students with various neuropsychological profiles struggle with different aspects of Executive Functioning.  Professionals know that this can significantly impede academic and social success.  While debate continues on exact definitions of EF and its subcomponents, one thing remains clear: these students need support.  Now.  Numerous strategies and technologies are currently available to support students with executive functioning deficits and help them build vital skills.

The primary goal of this introductory workshop is to provide professionals with practical strategies for intervention in multiple contexts, and clear ideas for how to implement them.  Team-taught by an Executive Functioning Coach and an Assistive Technology Consultant, the course will integrate technology and coaching strategies to be used with many different student profiles and will highlight the many domains related to executive functioning.  

Goals and Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of executive functioning
  • Describe the relationship between executive dysfunction, learning disabilities, and social emotional difficulties
  • Review the following key components and list 3 strategies and associated technologies that can assist students with each of the following:
    • Attention and Activation (getting started, staying focused, handling distractions, finishing)
    • Working Memory and Recall (manipulating information in mind, retrieving info from memory)
    • Planning and Time Sense (managing time, tasks, and priorities)
    • Organization of Materials and Information (both physical and digital)
    • Problem Solving (analyzing information or situation, making decisions, synthesizing solutions
    • Self-Regulation (inhibition, self-monitoring, emotional control)


8:30-9:00       Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30    Introduction: A Framework for Executive Functioning Solutions

10:30-10:40  Break

10:40-12:00  Strategies and Technologies I

12:00-12:15   Break

12:15-1:00    Working Lunch

1:00-2:00       Strategies and Technologies II

2:00-2:10        Break

2:10-3:00       Strategies and Technologies III

3:00-3:15       Summary and Conclusion


About the Speakers

Shayla Hulgan, MA, is an educational specialist and executive functioning coach.  After studying cognitive psychology at UC Davis and working at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Shayla completed a Master’s program at Northwestern University in Learning Disabilities. Since returning to the Bay Area, Shayla has been a classroom teacher at Sand Hill School, for children with learning disabilities, and has worked in private practice as a learning specialist.  She is currently the Manager of Educational Services at Children’s Health Council and is building their executive functioning coaching program.  She also completes educational evaluations, provides one-on-one educational therapy, and runs groups to build executive functioning skills in middle and high school students.  

Shelley Haven, ATP, RET, has worked the past 26 years helping individuals with physical, sensory, and learning challenges to unlock their potential with technology. She has a degree in engineering and is certified both as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and a Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET). Shelley has provided AT training and technical assistance to dozens of school districts and previously directed AT resources and services for Stanford University’s Office of Accessible Education. She also helped establish the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford, which provides enhanced services and resources for students with learning differences and ADHD.

Shelley currently works as an independent assistive technology consultant serving individuals, families, educators, and schools throughout the Bay Area with a focus on learning differences.  Her specialty is matching students with tech tools appropriate to their learning profile, tasks, and instructional environments.

 Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or mobile device. Wireless access available.

Approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit for:

  • Psychologists as required by the American Psychological Association. CHC maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
  • LCSWs and MFTs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE 2135).
  • Teachers and other educators provided by UCSC Extension.


DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Monday, November 4, 5:00 p.m.

For reasons of confidentiality, this course is open to professionals only.

Course includes lunch.  For dietary restrictions beyond vegetarian, please call 650.617.3853.

CHC is handicap accessible.

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