All about me!
Hi! I'm Kristen. I am passionate about developing research based executive function programs like our 360 Thinking Program to help students develop greater levels of independence at school and home. It brings me great joy to see students thrive and achieve learning skills they never thought possible. Trained as a speech-language pathologist, executive function coach and educator, I also enjoy working closely with educational professionals in schools and clinics to build executive function-based teaching approaches in their daily work with students. Supporting high school and college students to become independent and successful in using thinking routines that are part of the 360 Thinking Program in order to effectively manage academics, activities, work, and interests is a central focus of my work. As a mom of 3 children, I also understand the importance of executive function skills at home. I work with parents to support their children's executive functioning skills needed for homework, as well as routines and tasks at home.
Ms. Kristen Jacobsen, MS is a trained speech-language pathologist and executive function coach who is Co-Director at the Cognitive Connections Executive Function Practice. She provides training and coaching for teachers and professionals nationally. She also provides parent consultations, as well as student training and coaching services. Ms. Jacobsen works to research, develop and implement new methodology and programs that can maximize a student's ability to learn to their potential and increase self-esteem as they become more independent learners. Kristen is the co-author of the award-winning 360 Thinking Program which aims to improve students' executive function skills at school and home. She enjoys seeing students make new gains, as well as training teachers and therapists in the use of executive function teaching approaches. She has interests in cognition, language, and mindfulness.
She is a specialist in pediatric and adolescent learning challenges in the areas:
Language-Based Learning Disability
Language and Literacy
Nonverbal Learning Disability
Post Concussive Syndrome and TBI
Ms. Jacobsen has worked as an educational consultant and speech-language pathologist in public education, private schools, and hospital settings. Ms. Jacobsen has provided teacher training seminars and school consultations nationally. Prior to establishing a private practice, she worked with colleagues to create and implement comprehensive group therapy programs for language and cognition at Massachusetts General Hospital. She focused on working with adolescents diagnosed with ADHD and Post-Concussive Syndrome. She developed programs to successfully transition students into their school settings following mild traumatic brain injury.
Ms. Jacobsen was the recipient of the MGH Expertise in Clinical Practice Award.
During personal time, she enjoys biking, traveling as well as spending time with her husband and their 3 children.