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AD 570

Helping Children with Executive Functioning


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Course Information

This online course provides on in-depth review and study of children with executive functioning difficulties. Students will learn the developmental foundation of executive functioning and the difficulties ADHD children and young adults experience when planning, organizing, controlling impulses, and initiating tasks. Progression in the course  focuses on helping ADHD individuals apply strategies and ways to build skills needed for success. This course offers practical strategies and interventions for professionals working with ADHD children and young adults. An exploration of ways to help children control impulses, make transitions, handle frustrations, start homework and other tasks, handle working memory issues, plan and organize, and monitor their behavior will be discussed in this course. Course Code: AD 570. Contact hours of continuing education = 40.

Pre-requisite: This course is designed particularly for those who have already attained Certification in Attention-Deficit Consulting. It is highly recommended that you have successfully completed AD 500 "Foundations of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Consulting" and AD 510 "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Theory & Consulting I, AD 520 "Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Theory & Consulting II and AD 540 "Alternative Treatments in Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Cases, before registering for this CE Course.

BOARD APPROVALS: AIHCP is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 40 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 40 contact hours of CE:

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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Instructor/Course Author:  Helen Nieves, MA, MHC, CCBGT, CRS, SMC-C

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TIME FRAME:You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the required courses in this specialty program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D & Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D. United States of America, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-890627-84-3

You are required to order your own copy of the textbook. Please be sure to order your book as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by us and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.

Online Classroom Resources and Tools

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand what executive functioning is.
  2. Identify a list of executive functions
  3. Understand the development of executive functions
  4. Understand the impact executive weaknesses have on the family.
  5. Assess executive functions
  6. Understand the evaluation process
  7. Understand how learning disabilities are associated with executive functioning
  8. Develop strategies for helping children control impulses
  9. Develop techniques to help children control their verbal and physical impulsiveness
  10. Develop skills to help children start their homework and other tasks
  11. Develop tools to helping children plan and organize
  12. Develop interventions to help children monitor their behavior
  13.  Develop strategies to help children with working memory issues
  14.  Develop interventions to help children follow directions
  15.  Identify ways to help children make transitions
  16. Evaluate the roles of expectations
  17.  Develop strategies to help children reduce their frustration
  18.  Identify strategies to help children with written expression and multi-step tasks

Course Content

A brief abstract of content:

  1. Executive functioning
  2. Development of executive skills
  3. Impact on parents
  4. Impact on siblings
  5. Assessing executive functions
  6. Evaluating role of expectations
  7. Assessment through public school system and private professional
  8. Evaluation process
  9. Learning disabilities and other conditions associated with executive dysfunction
  10.  Strategies for controlling impulses
  11.  Interventions for verbal and physical impulsiveness
  12.  Strategies to stop irritating behavior
  13. Techniques to manage homework problems
  14. Transitioning from short-term to long-term goals
  15.  Helping children shift gears
  16.  Reducing frustration
  17.  Handling working memory issues
  18.  Helping with planning and organizing
  19.  Helping children monitor their behavior
  20.  Helping children cope with feelings of being overwhelmed

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