This page contains information about Jill’s presentations. Topics are addressed in this order:

  • Workshop Descriptions
  • Jill’s Availability
  • Jill’s Bio/Contact Information
  • Upcoming Presentations

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

NOTE: All presentations listed below are currently available. Individual Learner Objectives are available upon request. The time frame listed in the parentheses indicates the amount of speaking time, this time frame does not include participant breaks or discussion/Q&A time.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

NEW!  Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills in Students with Planning, Organization, Emotional Control, Working Memory and Attention Needs.  (6.5 hours)

Executive function skills have come to the forefront in the world of education.  Recent research suggests a strong correlation between students’ executive functioning their academic success.  It also has been noted that deficits in executive functioning results in difficulty with organization, time management and task completion, problem solving, on-task behaviors and social interactions. 

Participants in the workshop will explore the impact of Executive Functioning on student learning and social interaction.  The workshop is designed for all educators as attention is given to those skills needed by kindergarten through middle school students to be successful in a general and special education classroom.  Participants will learn about the five domains of cognitive skills and will be given resource ideas and strategies that are designed to support strong cognitive skills in students.  The strategies presented focus on skills that promote effective organization and time management, task completion, independent work, student goal setting and accountability.  Additionally, the intervention ideas also provide a foundation to assist student self-monitoring, impulse control and emotional management.    Jill is widely known for her energetic presentation style and for providing teaching ideas that are user-friendly and immediately applicable in the classroom.

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills (6.5 hours) Participants in this workshop will learn about social/emotional “units” of study with lessons centered around developing social perspective taking skills, increasing awareness of emotions and associated non-verbal cues, controlling Impulsive behaviors, and expanding the social awareness skills necessary for reciprocal friendships and social interactions.    Specific units of study outlined include:  perspective taking, conversation skills, sportsmanship, personal space, impulse control/dealing with distractions, and handling explosive emotions.  These units of study incorporate lesson activities utilizing children’s literature, a variety of visual learning tools, role-play activities, interactive games, internet resources, and other technology tools.  This workshop also includes a discussion of how social cognitive deficits impact students socially, emotionally, behaviorally, academic and in the area of organization.   Writing IEP present levels of performance, creating realistic – measurable annual goals, and developing objectives is also addressed.   Jill Is widely known for her energetic presentation style and for providing teaching Ideas that are user-friendly and immediately applicable in the classroom.

JILL’s AVAILABILITY:

If your group or organization is interested in having Jill present a Full-Day workshop in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and surrounding area, there are some limited availability options between February 2016 – June 2016.

If you group or organization is interested in having Jill present out-state, there is no longer availability for the 2015-2016 school year.

Thank you for the consideration of scheduling demands. At this point in time, Jill’s primary passion lies with her families and students ISD 196 – Apple Valley/Eagan/Rosemount, MN. She is a full-time speech-language pathologist and social skill teacher.

Jill’s Bio:

Jill is a Speech-Language Pathologist who works full-time with elementary-age students on the autism spectrum, with attention deficit challenges, receptive/expressive language needs, and executive function challenges.  Her primary roles are to teach peer interaction skills, emotion awareness and management strategies, and support receptive and expressive language skills through a literacy lens.  In recent years, Jill’s work has focused on the integration social/emotional instruction within the framework of balanced literacy instruction in a collaborative co-teaching manner with other general and special educators.  Jill presently explores specific strategies and resources to share with audiences that can accomplish two critical instructional goals – provide engaging, relevant direct instruction supporting social/emotional skills as an added layer to the  existing materials and frameworks used in classrooms that target literacy learning standards in reading, written language and speaking/listening domains.  A secondary recent focus for Jill has been to develop strategies for early childhood/primary learners to weave social/emotional instruction into pre-literacy activities.

Jill has had the opportunity to provide staff development opportunities across the country for the past 8 years, while continuing to recognize the importance of working full-time – immersed in the classroom with learners.  Jill recognizes and personally lives through the unique gifts and obstacles of being in the teaching-trenches.  Jill’s workshops strive to provide concrete, relevant and immediately applicable resources/strategies that teachers can bring back into their classrooms the next day.   Jill has also been an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul for the past five years in their Autism Spectrum graduate program.  When not immersed in work, Jill and her husband have 2 teenage sons, she enjoys camping, football, going to the theater, and reading mysteries.

Credentials:

Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Theater, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Jill’s Contact Information:

Jill D. Kuzma, M.A., CCC-SLP

slpjkuz@yahoo.com 

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:

For information about a specific workshop, please contact Jill. She will forward you information about the Workshop Sponsor. Some workshops are only open to the sponsor’s participants.

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Friday, October 6th, 2015
  • Albert Lea, MN
  • Sponsored by Albert Lea area schools

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Learning Skills

  • Friday, October 16th, 2015
  • Mattoon, Illinois
  • Sponsored by the East Central Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ECISHA)

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Learning Skills

  • Saturday, March 28th, 2014
  • Bucks County, Pennsylvania
  • Sponsored by the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Thursday February 26th – Friday, February 27th, 2015
  • Columbus & Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sponsored by Northeast Regional ASD Network, and ESU  7

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Learning Skills

  • Friday, December 12th, 2014
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Sponsored by Infinitec

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Role of the Educational SLP in teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 8:30am – 11:30am
  • Minnetonka, MN
  • Sponsored by:  ISD 287 Speech-Language Pathologists

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Learning Skills

  • Friday, October 17th, 2014
  • Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Sponsored by the Four Rivers Special Education District

“Social Cognition Teaching Strategies for Pre-K and Early Elementary Learners

  • Thursday, August, 21st, 2014, 10:30-12:30pm
  • Lakeville Area Schools, ISD 194

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Thursday, August 14th, 2014
  • Mahnomen, MN
  • Communities Collaborative Brain Development Conference

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
  • Topeka, Kansas

“Social Cognition Teaching Strategies for Pre-K and Early Elementary Learners

  • Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 4:30 – 6:30
  • Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights, MN
  • Sponsored by MN Region 11 Network – South SubRegion Low Incidence Autism Network

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills

  • Monday, February 17th, 2014
  • Forest Lake, MN

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies for Teaching Executive Function Skills”

  • Friday, February 14th, 2014
  • Staples, MN
  • Sponsored by the Freshwater Education District

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

“Supporting Your Child’s Social Self-Esteem (a workshop for parents)

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

“Facing the Frontal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

  • Thursday, August 8th, 2013
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Sponsored by the partnership with the University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies, and the Delaware Department of Education

Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Friday, March 15th, 2013
  • Sponsored by:  Paradise Valley Unified School District

“Facing the Fronal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

  • February 8th, 2013
  • Twin Cities, MN
  • **** This workshop is sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota and is open to all educators, community practionners, etc.  Contact www.ausm.org for registration information

“Facing the Fronal Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

  • January 30th, 2013
  • Cedar Rapids, IA

“Facing the Front Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

  • Monday, January 21st , 2013
  • Owatonna, MN

“Facing the Front Lobe:  Strategies to Support Executive Function Skills”

  • Friday, January 18th, 2013 – afternoon break-out session
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota School Pscyhologist Association – Winter Conference
  • Bloomington, MN

“SLP Apptitude – Apps for SLPs Supporting Language and Literacy”

  • Friday, February 1st, 2013 – 1:00-3:00
  • Sponsored by the Metro ECSU Speech-Language Network
  • Eagan, MN

3 Part Series:  Social Cognition

  • 1/8/13, 5-8pm – Lake Elmo, MN:  Part I – “Social Cognition:  Implications for Academic Success.”
  • 1/15/13, 5-8pm – Lake Elmo, MN:  Part II – Social Cognitive Teaching
    Strategies:  Perspective Taking & Social Problem Solving Skills
  • 1/29/13, 5-8pm, Lake Elmo, MN:  Part III – Social Cognitive Teaching Strategies:  Executive Function Skills
  • This series is sponsored by the MN Low Indidence Project/Metro SPLISE Region 11. 

“Strategies to Support Learners Challenged with Handling Change and Transitioning”

  • Thursday, December 6th, 2012, 4:15 – 6:15
  • Sponsored by:  ISD 719 – Prior Lake – Savage Area Schools

Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Friday, November 16th, 2012
  • Sponsored by:  Butler County Educational Service Unit
  • Hamilton, Ohio

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Friday, November 2nd , 2012
  • Sponsored by:  Minnesota School Social Workers Assocition (MSSWA)
  • St. Cloud, MN

“Tackling Executive Function Skills” (August 8th, 2012)

“Setting the Stage:  Behind the Scenes Preparation to Teach Social-Emotional Groups”  (August 9th, 2012)

  • Sponsored by the Anoka-Hennepin School District (workshops only for those district educators)

“Strategies for Assessment and Interview of Social Pespective Taking Skills”

“Supporting Your Child’s Social Self-Esteem” – a workshop for Omaha, NB area families

  • Monday, June 11th – evening for parents
  • Tuesday, June 12th – Omaha area educators
  • Sponsored by:  Nebraska Education Service Unit 3
  • Omaha, NB

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Friday, March 30th, 2012
  • Sponsored by:  Mankato State University Continuing Professional Education
  • MSU

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • February 4th, 2012
  • Bemidji, MN area Educators

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • February 2nd, 2012 – afternoon session
  • Minnesota School Pscyhologists Association – Annual Convention
  • Bloomington, MN

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
  • Sponsored by the Anoka Hennepin Independant School District – district educators only
  • Minneapolis, MN

“Ideas for Teaching Emotional and Self-Regulation Skills”

  • Monday, January 16th, 2012 – morning session only
  • Sponsored by Shakopee School District – district educators only

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • November 4th, 2011 – Educators only
  • Sponsored by:  St. Croix River Valley Special Education Cooperative

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Friday, October 21st, 2011
  • Chicago area Educators

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

    • Thursday, August 25th, 2011
    • St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Rosemount – MN  (closed enrollment – for school staff only)

“Setting the Stage:  Behind the Scenes Preparation to Teach Social-Emotional Groups” (Mini-version)

  • Wednesday, August 24th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Lakeville Area Schools (Lakeville staff only)

Part III: Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • Tuesday, August 16th, 12:30-3:30pm
  • MRVSEC Special Education Cooperative Staff Members
  • Jordan, MN

“Setting the Stage:  Behind the Scenes Preparation to Teach Social-Emotional Groups”

  • July 19th, 2011 – Dover, Delaware – Educators only
  • July 20th, 2011 – Newark, Delaware – Educators only

“Supporting Your Child’s Social Self-Esteem”

  • July 19th, 2011 – Dover, Delaware – parents 6-8pm
  • July 20th, 2011 – Newark, Delaware – parents 6-8pm

“Strategies for the Assessment & Intervention of Social Pragmatic Needs”

  • Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Sponsored by the partnership with the University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies, and the Delaware Department of Education

Socially Savvy” & “Emotionally Equipped”:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • Thursday, March 24th, 2011
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Sponsored by the partnership with the University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies, and the Delaware Department of Education

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • Friday, February 11th, 2011
  • Winona, MN
  • Sponsored by the Haiwathi Area Special Education Cooperative – for educators only

“Socially Savvy and Emotionally Equipped:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Monday, January 31st, 2010
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Sponsored by St. Paul Public Schools – this workshop is open to the educators from St. Paul

“Tackling Social/Emotional Skills:  Top Ten to Try Tomorrow”

  • November 16th, 2010 4:30-6:30
  • Plymouth, MN – ISD 287

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • Nov 12th, 2010 – full day
  • The PROM Center – Woodbury, MN
  • Sponsored by the Autism Society of MN, AUSM at www.ausm.org

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills”

  • October 22nd, 2010
  • Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Sponsored by the Lincoln Area Special Educators – CSU

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • October 15th, 2010
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Sponsored by the Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association

“Tackling Social/Emotional Skills:  Top Ten to Try Tomorrow!”

  • September 21st, 4:30-6:30
  • Location TBD
  • Sponsored by the South Sub-Region Metro SPLISE Autism Network

“Social Cognition:  Definition, Impact on Students and IEP Applications”

  • Wednesday, August 25th, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Lakeville School District Educators

“Socially Savvy & Emotionally Equipped”: Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills (select topics)

  • August 12th, 2010, 12:30-3:30
  • Jordan, MN
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC)

“Socially Savvy” & “Emotionally Equipped”:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • Thursday, July 2nd, 2010
  • Newark,Delaware
  • Sponsored by the partnership with the University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies, and the Delaware Department of Education

“Socially Savvy” & “Emotionally Equipped”:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • April 23rd, 2010, full-day
  • Alexandria, MN
  • Minnesota Speech-Language Hearing Association Spring Convention

“Building Social Skills”

  • Saturday, April 10th, 10:00-11:30
  • Buffalo, MN
  • Wright County Autism Resource Fair

“Teaching Social/Emotional Skills in the Home”

  • March 16th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Jordan, MN
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC)

“Socially Savvy” & “Emotionally Equipped”:  Strategies to Teach Social/Emotional Skills

  • February 12th, 2010, full-day
  • St. Cloud, MN
  • Sponsored by NJPA Cooperative – Region 5& 7 Low incidence SPLISE/Autism Network project

Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Communication Skills

  • January 18th, 2010
  • Jordan, MN
  • Sponsored by the Minnesota River Valley Special Education Cooperative (MRVSEC)

Strategies for the Assessment and Intervention of Social Pragmatic Skills

  • October 15-16, 2009
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Sponsored by the Omaha-Area Special Education CESA

Strategies for Teaching Social/Emotional Communication Skills

  • August 17th, 2009, 8:00-11:30
  • Monticello, MN
  • Sponsored by the Northern Wright/Sherburne County Special Education Cooperative

Strategies for the Assessment and Intervention of Social/Emotional Communication Needs for Learners with ASD

  • August 14th, 2009, 8:30-3:30
  • Brainerd area, MN
  • Sponsorted by the Brainerd School District

Intervention Ideas for Social Skill Support at Home

  • March 12th, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Eagan, MN – Blackhawk Middle School
  • Sponsored by ISD 196 Parent Support group

Intervention Strategies for Social Communication Needs of Learners with ASD

  • March 27th, 2009 – all day
  • New Hope, MN
  • Sponsored by:  Intermediate School District 287

Intervention Strategies for Social Communication Needs of Learners with ASD

  • March 14th, 2009 8:30-12:30
  • Maple Lake, MN
  • Sponsored by:  Maple Lake School District

Strategies for the Assessment and Intervention of Social/Emotional Communication Needs for Learners with ASD (Friday 1/30/09)

Strategies for Supporting Social/Emotional Communication Needs for Children with ASD (Saturday 1/31/09)

  • Friday, January 30th – full-day – open to educators, Saturday January 31st – full-day, open to the public
  • St. Cloud, MN
  • Sponsored by the NJPCA Low Incidence SPLISE Project – Region 5 & 7

Strategies for the Assessment and Intervention of Pragmatic Needs for Learners with ASD

  • February 27th, 2009
  • Minneapolis Sheraton
  • Sponsored by the Metro ECSU/Region 11 SLP Network

Strategies for the Assessment and Intervention of Social/Emotional Communication Needs for Learners with ASD

  • Monday, December 1st, 2008 – all day
  • South Washington Count School District Special Education Staff Development

© Jill D. Kuzma, Minneapolis MN, 2008. All Rights Reserved.
Neither this document nor its concept may be duplicated, distributed, or re-published in any format without written permission from the author/owner.

One response »

  1. Thank you for such a helpful website. I am looking forward to your Executive Functioning Presentation! I am a parent of a child with Autism and anxiety. Would you consider developing some material and tips regarding how reading and following instructions for projects could be supported by visuals? He commonly misinterprets the length or amount of detail required for a project. I hope to hear from you soon! We have an IEP coming up.

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