Assistive Technology to Support Students with Executive Function Challenges

Learn to identify evidence-based strategies and interventions and multisensory teaching approaches, and evaluate assistive technology tools to support reading, writing and language for students with intellectual disabilities.

Date & Time

October 2, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.




  • Michelle Austin, M.A., CCC/SLP Speech-Language Pathologist/Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Laura Lavery, M.A., Education Specialist/Assistive Technology Specialist


Assistive technology can play a valuable role in supporting executive functioning skills for individuals with various conditions or disabilities. Executive functioning refers to the higher-order cognitive abilities that allow us to plan, organize, initiate, and monitor complex goal-directed behaviors. Some key executive functions include working memory, cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control, and planning/organization. Assistive technology can aid with executive functioning, for example:

  • Task Management and Organization
  • Working Memory Support
  • Attention and Focus
  • Planning and Problem-Solving
  • Self-Monitoring and Feedback
  • Adaptive Learning and Instruction

It's important to note that the specific assistive technology tools and strategies should be tailored to the individual's needs, preferences, and the specific executive functioning challenges they face. Additionally, proper training and support in using the technology effectively are crucial for maximizing its benefits.

Participants will be able to

  • List the key executive functions.
  • Identify the strategies that support deficits in the key executive functions.
  • Evaluate assistive technology tools to support executive functioning.


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