Description: The future is here––but for teachers, parents, and students, it showed up a bit too quickly! Online learning can be very challenging for students with ADHD, and teachers are unsure of how to support them remotely. So how can we turn this difficult situation into a successful one for our students? Educational therapist Ezra Werb M.Ed. shares his experiences and strategies to help teens and young adults with attention challenges gain independence with online academics. First, he starts by exploring how executive functions affect students’ online learning success. Next, he dives into the strategies he has used with students, including digital organization, time management, and options/supports for completing reading and writing assignments––all helping students to take steps towards independence.
Speaker Bio: Ezra Werb M.Ed., formerly a behavior interventionist and resource specialist teacher and currently an educational therapist, has been working with students with attention deficits, learning challenges, and spectrum disorders in typical classroom settings, resource rooms, and one-on-one academic support for over fourteen years. Ezra earned his master’s in special education with a concentration in educational therapy from Cal-State Northridge and is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists. He is the author of the book, Teach for Attention: A Tool Belt of Strategies for Engaging Students with Attention Challenges (Free Spirit Publishing). He has also contributed articles to various magazines.
• Understand how executive function challenges make online learning difficult.
• Help students organize their digital workspace and manage their time.
• Support students’ reading tasks with frontloading visual content.
• Provide specific options or accommodations for writing assignments that lower anxiety and increase production.