Forty for 40: Kristen Jacobsen, MS ’96, CCC-SLP, and Sarah Ward, MS ’94, CCC-SLP
Having speech or cognitive issues can make learning overwhelming for young students. Kristen Jacobsen (left) and Sarah Ward have pioneered a way to help overcome those problems.
The speech-language pathology alumni have worked together since 1997 when they founded Cognitive Connections in Concord, MA. Their innovative treatment model, the 360 Thinking Executive Function program, received the Innovative Promising Practices Award from Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). Using this evidence-based research, they tailor individual plans to help children and adolescents successfully complete daily and long-term goals such as scheduling time for homework. “We help students see the future, say the future, and feel the future,” they say.
The pair has presented to and consulted with over 575 public and private schools across the United States, providing new and improved ways to deliver effective executive function-based instruction.