Why is an SLP Teaching Executive Functioning?

I recently posted an infographic explaining why speech-language pathologists are qualified to teach “social skills” – what we call pragmatic language.  In a similar vein, sometimes I feel like people are confused why we are qualified to target working memory, organization, and emotional regulation in schools.  In the hospital setting I assume people are used to the intertwining of language and cognition, but in a school setting where the expertise and services overlap it is more of a grey area.

I love to work on executive functioning skills and know my language background is well-suited to building cognitive skills.  I recently completed an ASHA self-study on executive functioning (Executive Function Skills in Preschool and School-Age Children) and was inspired to make this infographic with my favorite information.  Pin away to share it with your friends!  If you’re an SLP or a professional with access to journal articles (see references on bottom), I highly recommend it.  I hope you find this helpful, and let me know if you have ideas for revisions or additions!

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Danielle Nichols

A speech-language pathologist in Centennial, Colorado dedicated to helping kids and adolescents improve their social communication skills.

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