Tuesday Evening February 26, 2019

6:30 to 7:00 pm - Networking/Refreshments

7:00 to 9:30 pm - Presentations

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Hampton Inn Boston/Natick 
319 Speen Street
Natick, MA 01760

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Member $40 early/$50 after Feb 22nd

Non-Member $60 early/ $70 after Feb 22nd

Early registration closes on February 22, 2019. Walk-in registrations are welcomed. 


Refund policy

  • No cash refunds will be offered for pre-registration if a workshop is held
  • If a pre-registrant provides a written request at least four (4) business days prior to the scheduled workshop; the registration fee can be applied to an upcoming workshop in the same programming year 
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Tracey Morgan, President 
Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. 
(508) 655-7999 


Executive Functioning Redefined   

Dr. Mariela Vargas-Irwin will present examples of naturalistic and contrived methods of teaching Executive Behavior, as well as examples of objectives to be included in Individualized Educational Programs.  
Executive Functioning has traditionally been defined by psychology as the series of neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation.  Executive Functioning has also been defined as a set of processes that have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal.  Notwithstanding the obvious importance of the brain in executive (and most other) behavior, we propose that Executive Behavior is akin to Cooper, Heron, & Heward's Self-Management:
The personal and systematic application of behavioral principles that result in the desired modification of one's own behavior (1987) and Skinner's concept of Self Management. 


Attend in person at the Hampton Inn, Natick

 or via live webinar

Attention current Members: please follow this link to sign up for this workshop.

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(current member has paid an annual fee of $75 or more in the past 12 months)


Dr. Mariela Vargas-Irwin obtained her doctoral degree from Rutgers University, completed her internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, and pursued post-doctoral training at the Judge Baker Children’s Center. She has over twenty-five years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disorders with behavioral challenges. Dr. Vargas has worked as a home-based behavioral therapist, overseen home-based programs, designed training protocols for ABA therapists and supervisors, and consulted with families and schools.  Her interests include inclusion, social skills, and executive behavior.