Building Executive Function Skills Through Play-Based Learning

2-hour Self-Study Video Course

Language and executive function skills are interdependent―one cannot develop without the other. This course provides insight on how to facilitate development of language and executive function skills through play-based learning. Being able to plan, organize, inhibit responses, follow multi-step directions, stay focused, complete tasks amid distractions, be resilient, engage in non-preferred tasks, delay gratification, and be a flexible thinker are skills that set young children up for success in school and in life. Research shows that executive function skills develop most rapidly between ages 3 and 5, making high-quality early childhood services critical for optimal growth and development.  

Learning Outcomes:   

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Define and explain the terms learningplay-based learning, and executive function skills.
  2. Describe the 3 key areas of executive function: working memory, inhibitory control, and mental flexibility.
  3. Summarize the teacher’s role in play-based learning activities.
  4. List the qualities of a learning environment that fosters development of executive function skills.

Timed Agenda:      
  1. ​Minutes 1-5   Introduction
  2. Minutes 5-15  Defining key terms
  3. Minutes 15-25  How play-based learning is backed by research in neuroscience
  4. Minutes 25-60  The connection between play-based learning and development of executive function skills
  5. Minutes 60-80  Role of the adult in play
  6. Minutes 80-120 Strategies for enhancing executive function skills in young children

Meet the Speaker

Cari Ebert, MS, CCC-SLP is a pediatric speech-language pathologist in the Kansas City, Missouri area. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1993 and her master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1995. Cari is a therapist, consultant, author, product developer, and nationally recognized speaker who gets paid to do what she loves most—TALK! She specializes in autism, apraxia, and early intervention. Cari’s son has dual diagnoses of autism and apraxia, allowing her to engage audiences both as a professional and as a parent of a child with different abilities. In 2018, Cari co-authored a book with Dave Hammer titled, The SLP’s Guide to Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In 2020, she published a book on autism titled, The Learning to Learn Program. Visit to browse Cari’s wide variety of speech therapy and early intervention products.  

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cari Ebert receives royalties from all product sales on her website. She also benefits financially from all sales of this self-study course.

Non-financial: Cari Ebert has an autistic son and shares personal experiences in her seminars.

This course is approved for Individual use only. For groups
interested in purchasing this course please contact [email protected]

Refund Policy

  • If a student orders and completes at least 15%, but no more than 30%, of the course and is dissatisfied with the material, then a refund will be considered on a case by case basis. The student will be required to state their specific issues with the course as it relates to their profession for a refund to be considered.
  • If a student completes more than 30% of a course, there will be no refund.
  • If a student fails to complete the course within the 120 day time period, there will be no refund.
  • If a student purchases a course but never starts it within the 120 day time period for any reason, there will be no refund.
  • If a student completes a course but fails to print their certificate of completion, there will be no refund. A certificate of completion will be issued to the student after verifying that the course was completed.