Delaware Valley Friends School Speaker Series


Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP is a certified speech-language pathologist with over 15 years experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. Sarah regularly presents locally, nationally and internationally on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations, school and lay groups.


Executive function skills are the core set of cognitive skills required for planning, completing and evaluating the completion of tasks, as well as overseeing our communication exchanges. These cognitive skills are typically divided into lower level and higher-level skills. The lower level cognitive skills refer to functions that control behavior, such as attention, motivation and emotion regulation. The higher-level cognitive skills refer to metacognitive functions that guide behavior, such as planning, organizing, monitoring, reasoning, problem solving and flexibility. There are episodic memories of our experiences that we form into schemas and routines. We retrieve and flexibly apply these schemas for new communication and learning situations while we also monitor our goals, time and use of strategies. We gradually develop these cognitive skill sets from young childhood through young adulthood.



Sarah Ward - Understanding Executive Function Skills for the Adolescent Learner

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015.
Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm.
Delaware Valley Friends School, 19 E. Central Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301

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Delaware Valley Friends School is for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia and other language-based learning disabilities as well as ADD/ADHD.