Expanding clinicians' attentional focus: How assessing executive functions can be used to identify ADHD and guide interventions Webinar (Recording)

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This presentation expands the conceptualization of attentional deficits to include Executive Functions and illustrates how a systemic process that aligns identification, assessment, and intervention can positively impact clients.

Presenter: Chris Huzinec, MS

This presentation reviews a theoretical evidenced-based model that details the relationship between EF and chronic attentional and behavioral deficits, and prescribes methods for assessing EF domains (Brown, 2013). In addressing the components of the model, we will discuss assessing EF deficits associated with children, adolescents, and adults who exhibit attentional problems, as well as how to develop proactive EF skills. These skills include getting organized and started on tasks; focusing, shifting and sustaining attention; managing alertness; sustaining effort to complete tasks; processing and outputting information efficiently; managing emotions; using working memory; and monitoring one’s actions.