Newgrange School Announces Seminar on Executive Function Skills

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Sarah Ward, a pathologist skilled in special education, will address executive function skills at a Newgrange School seminar May 6, 2016. Practical methods and strategies will be highlighted.

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"Sarah is extremely talented in assessing and treating executive function deficits, and we're thrilled to have her with us for a very special day in May." - Gordon F. Sherman

HAMILTON, N.J. — Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP, will showcase an array of practical strategic methods to improve executive function skills at a seminar hosted by The Newgrange School and sponsored by The Newgrange School, Laurel School of Princeton and the Ann Robinowitz Center on May 6, 2016. Among the topics of discussion are motivation, task initiation, time management, organization, task completion, and more.

The forum is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Valley of Central New Jersey Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 103 Dunne Mill Road, Bordentown, N.J. Tickets are $175, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Registration and breakfast are 7:30-8:30 a.m., with opening remarks and introduction at 8:45.

"Sarah Ward has more than 15 years experience in attention deficit disorder, Asperger Syndrome, and a wide range of non-verbal and verbal learning disabilities," said Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., executive director of the Newgrange School. "Sarah is extremely talented in assessing and treating executive function deficits, and we're thrilled to have her with us for a very special day in May."

Executive function deficits include difficulties with memory, attention, organization, and hierarchal thinking. These skills are founded upon learning from past experiences and applying that knowledge to new experiences. As executive function treatment proceeds, the student begins to sense the time elapsing, how much is remaining, then organize the steps necessary to complete the task satisfactorily and on time. The student must demonstrate the capability to self-monitor, which is a critical component of executive function skills. He or she must have the ability to transition smoothly from one mental mindset to another, and also cease one activity and start a new one.

Through constant repetition of these challenges and experiences, the student begins to use his or her executive skills to develop memories, or hindsight, for more instinctive processes for study habits and social interaction, among other situations. The seminar will provide professionals and parents with succinct information and useful techniques for identifying executive dysfunction and developing those skills.

For more information on the seminar, the Newgrange School, and our special education mission, see http://www.thenewgrange.org, call 609-584-1800, or visit or write The Newgrange School, 526 S Olden Avenue, Hamilton, N.J. 08629.

The Newgrange School has been a leader in special education for more than 35 years. It uses an evidence-based, multi-sensory approach to successfully educate and empower people with learning disabilities. It is a private, non-profit school approved by the New Jersey Department of Education for children with disabilities. Newgrange serves and receives funding for students from 37 school districts in Mercer, Somerset, Monmouth, Burlington, Middlesex, as well as other surrounding counties in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

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