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Upcoming & Most Recent Events

HUDSON VALLEY: UNDERSTANDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTION

TITLE: UNDERSTANDING EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING: BRAIN-BASED SOLUTIONS AND PRACTICAL INSIGHTS

PRESENTED ON
May 11, 2024

DESCRIPTION
This workshop presents a dynamic, relationship-based approach to conceptualizing executive function skills from a neurodevelopmental perspective. Understanding the brain hierarchy and developmental expectations from infancy into adulthood brings the impact of executive function challenges to the forefront. The areas of cognition, language, and social-emotional growth are deeply rooted in children establishing the necessary foundational capacities for learning. A framework that focuses on the roles of self-regulation and essential precursors to emotional development is integral to practicing treatment approaches that are in-tune with current, brain- based research. Considering challenges in executive function skills in populations with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities helps to mold individualized intervention. To support the growth of executive function skills across environments, we partner with parents, educators, and interdisciplinary professionals.

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HUDSON VALLEY: ADVANCED COURSE ON EF: CLINICAL FOCUS

TITLE: ADVANCED APPLICATION AND KNOWLEDGE OF EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING: CLINICAL FOCUS (UPDATED)

PRESENTED ON
June 17, 2024

DESCRIPTION
This is a full day, updated advanced course examining executive functioning difficulties in neurodivergent populations, including autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. A framework that refocuses on the importance of self-regulation based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs will be outlined, along with the essential precursors to emotional development. The impact of a skill deficit in the areas of executive functioning will be described through in-depth case studies, indicating how a relationship-based approach addresses language and behaviors. Clinical examples will explain the need for bottom-up developmental therapeutic interventions, as opposed to those that prioritize top-down consequence-based methods. Supportive strategies will be demonstrated as participants will be encouraged to partake in cooperative problem solving, investigating possible solutions for managing challenging situations.

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HUDSON VALLEY: THE MENTAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION CONNECTION

TITLE: THE MENTAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION CONNECTION

PRESENTED ON
April 10th, 2024

DESCRIPTION
This training presents an in-depth perspective into mealtime development and the connections we make between food and mental health. Based on theories of health behavior change, influences on our food choices are initiated early in development. Environmental characteristics either assist or significantly disrupt the formation of a positive relationship with food. The way in which mealtime is approached and the labels we receive when it comes to feeding, including “the picky eater,” the “food neophobic eater,” and the “avoidant/restrictive” eater, can have a major impact on one’s mental health status into adulthood.

ISS NEW YORK: SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL REGULATION

TITLE: SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL REGULATION THROUGH PLAY: UNDERSTANDING CHALLENGING BEHAVIORS

>PRESENTED ON
March 1st, 2024

DESCRIPTION
In this breakout session, we will delve into an innovative and dynamic approach that places relationships at the core of conceptualizing social-emotional regulation. By linking executive function skills to the intricate process of neurodevelopment, we gain valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms that contribute to effective emotional regulation. We will explore how core deficits for neurodivergent children often manifest as deficiencies in executive functioning domains, which, in turn, result in behavior challenges. By examining behaviors from a bottom-up perspective, we gain valuable insights into how to address them effectively. This knowledge empowers us to employ evidence-based interventions that nurture emotional regulation and establish a solid foundation for executive function skills across diverse environments.