Your Executive Functioning Toolkit—Their Key to Independent Learning

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

About the Webinar

This year, we’re all going to need a little extra support with our planning, organization, and thinking skills. For students with executive functioning deficits, keeping up with non-traditional learning schedules will add more stress that can interrupt learning. They may feel frustrated, anxious, or even ashamed because they have a hard time:

  1. Paying attention
  2. Organizing and planning
  3. Starting tasks and staying focused on them
  4. Managing emotions
  5. Keeping track of what they’re doing

You’re going to need the right set of tools to help them stay on course, build confidence, and be better able to work independently.

In this webinar, Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP and Laurie McIntosh, M.S., OT/ATP will show you a powerful toolkit to support executive function in the classroom and for Remote/eLearning. Technologies shown will include:

  1. Co:Writer® (Word Prediction and Voice Typing to get ideas unstuck and into writing)
  2. Snap&Read™ (Text to Speech, PDF Annotation, Text Leveling, Study Tools/Highlighter to stay focused and organize assignments)
  3. Google Extensions, Accessibility & Apps for scheduling & reminders, visual schedules, mindfulness.
  4. Wearable technology, adaptive equipment and light tech options

About the Presenter

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP

is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional, AT Consultant & Managing Director of AT for Education and Access4Employment. Diana has over 20 years of experience in Assistive Technology in K-12, Post-Secondary & Adult services, supporting individuals of all ages and abilities to use AT for education, the workplace, community and home. She is a presenter and trainer nationally & internationally for schools, individuals, organizations and agencies, as well as conferences. Diana is a faculty instructor for the UNH4U Bridges program, at the University of New Hampshire, as well as the AT/UDL liaison on the NHSTE Board (New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education). Previous to her business, Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire, Student Accessibility Services, and she started her career in public school special education services.  Diana manages her multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants who provide AT, AAC & Accessibility services for students and adults to access education, the workplace & community, including Assistive Technology Evaluations, Consultation and Training, Workshops and Webinars.

Laurie McIntosh, MS, OTR/ L, ATP

Laurie joined AT for Education & Access4Employment after working as an OT (occupational therapist) in public schools and private practice for 38 years. She is a nationally certified ATP. 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, and autism. She has worked with students from preschool to high school, and adults across the lifespan.