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Smart but Scattered (Part 1): Assessing Executive Skills in Children and Adults

  • 09 Apr 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online Training (Zoom link will be shared with participants)



Massachusetts School Psychologist Association

Western MA Chapter Spring Conference

Smart but Scattered (Part 1): Assessing Executive Skills in Children and Adults

Peg Dawson, Ed. D.

Online Training (Zoom link will be sent to registered participants)

In this 3-hour webinar Dr. Dawson discusses the purposes for assessing executive skills and describes how executive skills may be evaluated within the context of a comprehensive psycho-educational or neuropsychological evaluation. She outlines five sources of information she relies on in this assessment process and illustrates how she uses informal assessment and behavior observations to augment standardized testing and norm-referenced rating scales. She also discusses how assessing executive skills can inform special education decision-making, how to use assessment to identify targets for executive skills interventions, and strategies for progress-monitoring. 


As a result of this conference, participants will:

1.     Identify 4 purposes for assessing executive skills.

2.     Describe the strengths and weaknesses of 5 different components of a comprehensive executive skills assessment.

3.     Identify at least 3 progress monitoring measures for evaluating the effectiveness of executive skills interventions.

Special Note

This webinar is offered as the first of two webinars, the second of which is a week later on April 16.. You can attend either session alone or both together. You may register for the discounted price for the two sessions and to do so you must select the registration option for doing so when you register for this session. Once you register for both sessions, you will be provided with a code to register for the second day. NO REFUNDS will be available should you decide to only attend the first session.

Presenter Bio 

Margaret (Peg) Dawson, Ed. D.: In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children and teens who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits.  Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Payment Information

For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print or save invoice, share invoice with your district, and have district e/mail purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the event:

Alex Freeman

MSPA Conference Committee

141 Dorchester Avenue, Unit 314

Boston, MA 02127

For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the event:

Jonathan Mari

MSPA Treasurer

55 Cedar Street, Apartment 2

Somerville, MA 02143

If you have any questions about registering or about the conference itself, please contact Andy Koerner at

Continuing Education Policy

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE CONFERENCE and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late or failing to stay for the entire program will result in the inability to obtain a PD certificate. Certificates will only be distributed at the conclusion of the program to individuals who have arranged for payment.

*Please note that MSPA charges a $75 cancellation fee for cancellations received prior to the conference. *



For general inquiries, please contact


Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
1 Wells Avenue,  Suite 007.
Newton, MA 02459

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