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This module briefly discusses organizational skills as components of a larger skill set often referred to as executive functioning (EF). In addition, the module discusses how a team can use the WATI AT assessment process to identify the challenges with EF in four areas of organization: self-management, information management, time management, and materials management. Identifying the problem addresses the first few sections of the AT Decision-Making Guide for Organization, including the student's strengths and challenges, the student's environmental considerations, and identifying and prioritizing tasks the student needs to do. This is done prior to discussing any tools the student may use currently or as recommended solutions. Specific tools for the four areas of organization management (self, information, time and materials) will be discussed in four subsequent modules.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 1/2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 23 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $15 certficate
  1. Describe the process of problem identification for students with challenges in organization within the WATI AT assessment process.
  2. Define and understand the term "executive function" as it relates to organization.
  3. Describe organization in the four areas discussed in this module: self-management, time management, information management and materials management.
  4. Access additional resources for students who need AT for organization supports.

Module Authors

Shelly Weingarten, M.Ed., OTR

Shelly Weingarten, OTR, MEd is an Occupational Therapist (BS Occupational Therapy- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1982, MEd- Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology 2006). Shelley also has a certification in sensory integrating. Shelly worked for the Cooperative Educational School Agency in Wisconsin as an itinerant occupational therapist for 33 years. During that time, she was also a consultant for WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative). She currently is working with MJ Care and Milwaukee Center for Independence.

Module Content Provided By

This module was developed in collaboration with WATI and provides updated content from the Assessing Students' Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNAT) - IDEA discretionary grant #: 9906-23. 1992-2009

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