Encouraging Autonomy: Executive Function Tools to Promote Independent Learning

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Presented By: Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP / Laurie McIntosh, MS, OTR/L, ATP

“More than anything, I just wanted to learn and fit in. I felt embarrassed and frustrated by always needing somebody to help me.”

-Madeline Pochron, Pre-K teacher & former special education student

Independent learning benefits everyone. From building student confidence to lessening staff burden, it’s particularly helpful during school years that may feel a little overwhelming.

For students with executive function challenges, relying on others for help keeps independent learning out of reach. When staff isn’t available for one-on-one support, it may keep learning itself out of reach.

Various tech tools can bridge those challenges, and Diana Petschauer, founder of Assistive Technology for Education, can tell you what they are and how to implement them, even if you’re short on time, staff, and resources. Along with her colleague, Laurin McIntosh, tools and strategies will be taught to leverage student training to promote independent learning.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Discover technology that supports executive function skills (Google extensions, wearable technology, Co:Writer & Snap&Read, Read&Write, smartphone apps and accessibility)
  • Learn how to train students to use it effectively
  • Find out how to facilitate independent learning with technology

About the Presenter

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP

is the Managing Director and Founder of Assistive Technology for Education. She worked in Special Education in a public school setting for over 15 years, and continues to fulfill her vision of providing high quality, effective, and personal Assistive Technology Services to students and adults, for all ages and environments as needed.

Laurie McIntosh, MS, OTR/L, ATP

joined AT for Education & Access4Employment after working as an OT (occupational therapist) in public schools and private practice for 38 years. Her primary experience has been working with school teams to provide accessible educational materials, specially designed instruction, and computer access to students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, dyslexia, intellectual disabilities, and autism.