Thank you for your interest in the September 29, 2014 PLC topic of social communication, executive functioning, and metacognitive strategies!

The learning objectives for the PLC were to discuss the research and neurobiological basis for the importance of social communication, executive functioning, and metacognitive strategies, including a discussion about why kids may struggle in these areas and require additional support. Some tools and strategies were introduced that have been effective at improving social communication skills, and accommodating students who have difficulties with social communication. We discussed executive functioning skills and the important role of language for executive functioning. We discussed executive functioning assessment, as well as ideas for interventions to help students who struggle with executive functioning skills. We discussed the broader topic of metacognitive strategies, the role that these strategies can play with problem-solving and other important aspects of academic functioning, and evidence-bases strategies that employ metacognitive strategies.

The PowerPoint for the presentation is provided below:

Our PLC brainstormed and reported out assessments that our members have found effective for assessing social communication skills. Those assessments are listed here:

Our PLC then reported out tablet apps that members reported are effective at teaching social communication skills. Those apps are listed here:

Thanks again for your interest and attendance in the September 29, 2014 morning session PLC for school psychologists, school social workers, and speech and language pathologists covering the topic of social communication, executive functioning, and metacognitive strategies. Our next PLC is scheduled for November 18, 2014. The topic on November 18, 2014 will cover Writing Research, Interventions and Strategies. The PLC is scheduled from 8:30am until 10:30am and will be held in the Thorburn Education Center Room A and B. Although the content is intended for school psychologists and speech and language pathologists, all staff members who would like to learn more about interventions to improve written expression skills are welcome to register and attend.

Brian Lloyd, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Ingham Intermediate School District
(517) 525-7726