Won’t, or Can’t? Considering the Role of Executive Functioning in Behavioral Assessment and Intervention with Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention welcomes Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, for a webinar on Executive Functioning considerations in ABA.

See Dr. Tucker’s other webinars here.


“Executive functioning” encompasses a network of cognitive skills including organizing, planning ahead, goal-driven behaviors, emotional regulation, focus, and more. Deficits in these skills often show up in the form of behavioral symptoms which are targeted by Behavior Analysts, and yet, Executive Functioning is not consistently considered in assessments and treatment planning.

In this recorded 3-hour training, Dr. Tucker leads a discussion of Executive Functioning, including how they are understood, how they develop typically and atypically, and what this means for our considerations of learning, adapting, and behaving. With this foundation, Dr. Tucker continues by exploring common assessments for Executive Functioning skills, how to interpret those assessment results, how to create treatment plans that incorporate those results, and finally, skills-instruction to boost Executive Functioning in your learners.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Vanessa Tucker, BCBA-D, is a board certified behavior analyst (doctoral level) who practices privately with a focus on providing program supports, interventions, mentoring and evaluations in school settings. She is also an Associate Professor of Special Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA. She has been teaching and/or coordinating special education programs for 25 years, and has been in the field of ABA for 10. Her primary areas of interest are the application of ABA in the school setting and behavior interventions for students with complex support needs.

Vanessa got her general and special education certification in 1995 from Western Washington University. She obtained her Masters in Low Incidence Disabilities in 2002 from the University of Washington and her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from the University of Washington in 2009. She has worked as a special education teacher, program coordinator and consultant.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define ‘Executive Functioning’ in behavioral terms
  2. Describe typical development of Executive Functioning skills, and how conditions like TBI, ADD, IDD and ASD affect Executive Functioning skills development
  3. Describe common Executive Functioning assessments
  4. Describe skills-instruction for building Executive Functioning skills in ABA therapies

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 3.0 Learning BACB CEU’s
    • $59.99 (CEU’s included in price)

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.


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