Helping Students with Brain Injuries - Module 5: Executive Functions, Behavior, and Emotional & Social Language

Course Summary

1. Title: Helping Students with Brain Injuries
- Module 5: Executive Functions, Behavior, and Emotional & Social Language

2. Keywords/Themes: Executive Functions,
Developmental Stages, Working Memory, Verbal Memory, Visual Memory, Sustaining
Attention, Inhibition Strategies, Flexibility, Self-monitoring and Awareness
strategies, Behavior Problems, ABC Model of Behavior, Environmental Adaptations,
Emotional Control, Emotional Decontrol, Social Skills, Language, Speech
Deficits,

3.
Course Description:

There are three sections in this course:

Section 1: Executive Functions

Section 2: Behavior

Section 3: Emotional and Social Language

There are review questions at the end of each
section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply
the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. 

4.
Intended Audience: PK-12 teachers, school nurses, Area Education Agency staff,
school psychologists, speech / language therapists, occupational therapists,
para educators, school administrators, social workers, parents, and caregivers

5. Learning Objectives:

Section 1: Executive Functions

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • Explain how executive functions can affect learning
  • Discuss working memory deficits and strategies that can
    be used in the classroom to overcome those deficits
  • Discuss other executive functions deficits (i.e.
    organization, sustaining attention, inhibition, task initiation, 
    planning and setting goals, flexibility, and self-monitoring and
    awareness) and strategies to address them.

Section 2: Behavior

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • List common behaviors after brain injury
  • Discuss the problem behaviors that can arise from
    cognitive changes, physical states, and emotional states
  • Explain the focus on antecedents in the ABC Model of
    Behavior
  • Discuss interventions for coping with the behavior
    problems after brain injury

Section 3: Emotional and Social Language

After completing this section, participants
will be able to:

  • Discuss emotional control, its deficits, and strategies
    for coping with emotional dyscontrol
  • Discuss social skills, their deficits, and strategies for
    coping with social deficits
  • Discuss language deficits, and strategies to overcome
    receptive and expressive language deficits

6. Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No Pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed:

Core Competencies for Public Health
Professionals identified:

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

1A1. Describes factors affecting the health of a community
(e.g., equity, income, education, environment)

1A12. Contributes to assessments of community health status and factors
influencing health in a community (e.g., quality, availability, accessibility,
and use of health services; access to affordable housing)

Domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning
Skills

2A6. Gathers information that can inform options for
policies, programs, and services (e.g., secondhand smoking policies, data use
policies, HR policies, immunization programs, food safety programs)

Domain 6: Public Health Sciences Skills

6A4. Retrieves evidence (e.g., research findings, case
reports, community surveys) from print and electronic sources (e.g., PubMed,
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report, The World Health Report) to support decision making

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length:  1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content
Experts: Valerie Cool, PhD; Paige Burden, MA, CCC-SLP

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: March 22, 2012