Executive Function Coaching and Post-Secondary Transition for Students with Brain Injury

Mary Kennedy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
 
Students with traumatic brain injury are at risk as they transition from high school to post- secondary education. A coaching approach of support for students with TBI will be described. This approach is a partnership between students and coaches, that aims to explicitly guide students in the executive functions that are needed to be successful after high school. The overarching goal of coaching is for students to become their own ‘expert’ in how they learn, manage time, and self-advocate. Step-by-step examples of coaching instruction will be provided to participants.
 
Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic a brain injury; Speech Therapists; Vocational Rehabilitation professionals

Speaker Bio: Mary R.T. Kennedy, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders at Chapman University, Orange, CA. She is an ASHA Fellow and is a recipient of Honors from the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has years of clinical and research experience working with individuals with cognitive impairments after brain injury, such as metacognition, self-regulation, executive functions, and has co-authored numerous publications on evidence-based practice. Her current work involves identifying best practices for supporting college students with executive function problems, especially those with brain injury, including mild TBI or concussion. Her book, 'Coaching College Students with Executive Function Problems', provides educators and rehabilitation professionals with the practical tools of dynamic coaching that are based on scientific evidence and clinical experience.
 Mary Kennedy