Bibliography of Materials on Executive Functioning

Executive functions are sets of processes that help an individual manage oneself and resources in order to attain a goal. These processes help with self-regulation.

Here is a link to a page of information and strategies on executive functioning.

For more information: Search the Library Catalog on the Web

Children's Books

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ADHD & the focused mind : a guide to giving your ADHD child focus, discipline & self-confidence / Sarah Cheyette, MD, Peter Johnson, Ben Cheyette, MD, PhD. JSquare One Publishers, [2016]
Contents: Understanding ADHD -- Own the goal and play to win -- Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals -- Super-S.T.A.R. -- Mind, body, and spirit -- The will to win is nothing without the will to train -- T.E.A.M. -- Failure is temporary, defeat is a choice -- Picking the perfect coach -- The prescription decision.
Description: The authors explain the common signs of ADHD, then looks at the brain and discuss what researchers have discovered about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The program they have devised, based on athletic coaching techniques, has the flexibility to work within a child's comfort level while still attaining the necessary level of discipline. Also included is a discussion of medications and ADHD, to help you decide what's right for your child. The authors explain the common signs of ADHD, then looks at the brain and discuss what researchers have discovered about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The program they have devised, based on athletic coaching techniques, has the flexibility to work within a child's comfort level while still attaining the necessary level of discipline. Also included is a discussion of medications and ADHD, to help you decide what's right for your child.

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The ADHD book of lists : a practical guide for helping children and teens with attention deficit disorders / Sandra F. Rief ; illustrated by Ariel Rief. 2nd ed. Jossey-Bass, a Wiley Brand, [2015]
Description: "The newly updated ADHD Book of Lists will be a comprehensive, reliable source of answers, practical strategies, and tools written in a convenient list format"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents: Understanding, diagnosing, and treating ADHD -- Minimizing and managing behavior problems -- Instructional strategies, accommodations, and supports -- Study skills, organization, and other executive function strategies -- Academic difficulties, strategies, and supports in reading, writing, and math -- Educational rights and systems of support at school -- Understanding, supporting, and improving outcomes for children and teens with ADHD -- Appendix. Charts, forms, and visual prompts.

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Asperger's syndrome workplace survival guide : a neurotypical's secrets for success / Barbara Bissonnette ; foreword by Yvona Fast. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
Description: In this guide, the author, a career development coach and former business executive explains what it takes to succeed in a workplace dominated by neurotypicals. It covers everything from choosing the right career to deciding whether disclosure is the right option. It features realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations and effectively resolving problems. Examples from coaching clients are used to illustrate common employment challenges and how various techniques are applied in actual circumstances. Situations are described from both the Asperger's and neurotypical point of view so that readers understand why problems occur and how to avoid them in the future. The book is designed to be a reference that readers can refer to again and again for guidance on specific job-related topics. The recommendations will benefit individuals who are entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their careers.
Contents: What does it take to make it in the NT (neurotypical) workplace, anyway? -- A primer on communication at work -- Making the right first impression and fitting in -- People skills -- Executive functions at work: managing time and getting things done -- Managing anger, frustration, anxiety, and stress -- Managing your career -- Disclosure and accommodations -- In the final analysis -- Asperger's Syndrome guide for employers.

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The autism discussion page on the core challenges of autism : a toolbox for helping children with autism feel safe, accepted, and competent / Bill Nason. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
Description: "The Autism Discussion Page blue book focuses on the core challenges associated with autism (cognitive, sensory, social, and emotional) and provides concise, accessible information and simple tools for supporting children with these vulnerabilities. Based on posts on the popular online community page and organised by subject for ease of reference, this book offers an excellent understanding of how children with autism process and experience the world and effective strategies for coping with the challenges."--Publisher description.
Contents: Acceptance and understanding -- Acceptance and understanding -- Cognitive issues in autism -- Cognitive processing differences -- Teaching dynamic thinking -- Executive functioning -- Rigid/inflexibility -- Sensory issues in autism -- Common sensory issues -- Sharing different sensory worlds -- The world of self stimulation -- Social struggles in autism -- Why don't I fit in? -- Teaching relating skills -- Peer play and community inclusion -- The emotional world on the spectrum -- Identifying, labelling, and controlling emotions -- Shutdowns and meltdowns -- Putting it all together -- Where to go from here -- Fragile world on the spectrum -- Sensory scale -- Sensory motor regulatory patterns -- Engagement profile -- Deep pressure calming techniques -- Core deficit assessment -- Comfort zone profile.

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Autism spectrum disorders : a transactional developmental perspective / edited by Amy M. Wetherby and Barry M. Prizant. P.H. Brookes Pub., c2000.
Description: Diagnosis of autism spectrum diseases in young children / Catherine Lord and Susan Risi -- Joint attention, cultural learning, and language acquisition : implications for children with autism / Malinda Carpenter and Michael Tomasello -- Joint attention, social orienting, and communication in autism / Peter Mundy and Jennifer Stella -- Intersubjectivity in autism : the roles of imitation and executive function / Sally J. Rogers and Loisa Bennetto -- Understanding the nature of communication and language impairments / Amy W. Wetherby, Barry M. Prizant, and Adriana L. Schuler -- Sensory processing and motor performance in autism spectrum disorders / Marie E. Anzalone and G. Gordon Williamson -- Neurological underpinnings of autism / Natacha Akshoomoff -- Communication intervention issues for young children with autism spectrum disorders / Barry M. Prizant, Amy W. Wetherby, and Patrick J. Rydell -- More able children with autism spectrum disorders : sociocommunicative challenges and guidelines for enhancing abilities / Diane Twachtman-Cullen -- Promoting peer play and socialization : the art of scaffolding / Adriana L. Schuler and Pamela J. Wolfberg -- Developmental approach to difficulties in relating and communicating in autism spectrum disorders and related syndromes / Stanley I. Greenspan and Serena Wieder -- Understanding and intervening with children's challenging behavior : a comprehensive approach / Lise Fox, Glen Dunlap, and Pamelazita Buschbacher -- Augmentative communication and literacy / Pat Mirenda and Karen A. Erickson -- Experience of autism in the lives of families / Barbara Domingue, Barbara Cutler, and Janet McTarnaghan.

Brainlash : maximize your recovery from mild brain injury / Gail L. Denton. 3rd ed. Demos Medical Pub., c2008.
Description: "Mild traumatic brain injury can happen to anyone, anytime; in cars, sports, or workplace accidents, falls, or through physical assault, including domestic violence and shaken-baby syndrome. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control estimates that 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year, and that at least 5.3 million Americans currently have long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a TBI. Brainlash provides the tools and facts to make the recovery process more intelligible-- and to support the wide range of people affected by MTBI. For patients, family members, physicians and other health care providers, attorneys, health insurance companies, employers and others, it covers options and services, health and vocational issues, medicolegal topics, psychological and emotional implications, and more!"-- publisher's website.
Contents: Beginnings -- Life issues -- Executive functions -- The toolbox -- The physical body -- The emotional body.

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The ECLIPSE model : teaching self-regulation, executive function, attribution, and sensory awareness to students with Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism, and related disorders / Sherry A. Moyer ; foreword by Brenda Smith Myles. 1st ed. Autism Asperger Pub. Co., c2009.
Description: "The ECLIPSE Model targets the skills needed to improve social competence, such as executive functioning, theory of mind, causal attribution, processing speed and working memory. Without effective use of these skills on a regular basis, development of other areas of functioning - academic, adaptive, social and vocational skills - will be inhibited. The ECLIPSE Model directly addresses four challenge areas that are not typically covered by other curricula: self-regulation, executive function, attribution retraining and sensory awareness. These four areas impact almost all activities across environments, and individuals without adequate skills in these areas are unlikely to reach their full potential. The curriculum provides step-by-step lessons for teaching these vital skills in a way that will motivate young people."--Publisher's website.

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Essentials of executive function assessment / George McCloskey, Lisa A. Perkins. John Wiley & Sons, Ã2013.
Description: Executive function describes a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action, which is important for successful adaptation and performance in real-life situations. This book equips mental health practitioners (school, clinical, developmental pediatric, neuropsychologists, educational diagnosticians, and educational therapists) with all the information they need to administer, score, and interpret assessment instruments that test for executive function deficits associated with a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders.

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Executive function "dysfunction" : strategies for educators and parents / Rebecca A. Moyes, M. Ed. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
Description: This book describes the cognitive processes that make up the executive functions and uses real examples to show how difficulties may manifest - from organizational and time management problems, to lack of attention and behavioural difficulties. It offers practical hints, tips, and accomodations for tackling these issues, making it useful for helping children with executive function difficulties, including those with learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.--From back cover.

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Executive functioning workbook / Melissa Mullin, Ph. D. and Karen Fried, Psy. D. K & M Center. Inc., [2013]
Description: "Many students struggle with organization, planning, completing homework, and creating an effective study routine. School seems more challenging for them than their peers. These children may be labeled as disorganized, absent-minded, scattered, or forgetful by teachers, when in reality the issue is underdeveloped executive function – a skill, like any other, that can be taught! ... increases student’s ability to plan, start, and finish work independently. It identifies student’s aims and challenges, builds thinking skills, and provides tools to help build organizational strategies: judging time accurately ; building "Working Memory" ; breaking down complex projects into manageable, orderly tasks ; orrectly estimating how long tasks will take ; starting, stopping, and changing activities. ... the first subject- matter book geared toward the STUDENT – providing worksheets and advice for students to develop and improve their Executive Functioning skills. The step-by-step worksheets and checklists designed by educational experts Melissa Mullin Ph.D. and Karen Fried PsyD MFT are the results of over 20 years of helping students succeed in school. Parenting and teaching solutions utilize student’s strengths and weaknesses help build organization and establish a schedule that works. ... provides easy to follow, hands-on guidance and support to help students organize, plan, and follow through on tasks."

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Helping adults with Asperger's syndrome get & stay hired : career coaching strategies for professionals and parents of adults on the autism spectrum / Barbara Bissonnette. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
Description: Employment expert Barbara Bissonnette provides strategies that professionals and parents need to guide individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to manageable jobs, and keep them employed. Career counselors and coaches, vocational rehabilitation specialists, other professionals, and parents are often unsure of how to assist people with Asperger's Syndrome. Traditional career assessments and protocols do not match their unique needs. In this practical book, readers will gain insight into how people with Asperger's Syndrome think and the common employment challenges they face. It explains how to build rapport and trust, facilitate better job matches, improve interpersonal communication and executive function skills, and encourage flexible-thinking and problem-solving. With tried-and-tested advice, assessment tools, and in-depth profiles of actual coaching clients and innovative companies that are utilizing the specialized skills of people with Asperger's, this book shows the way to a brighter employment future for those on the autism spectrum.

How does your engine run? : a leader's guide to the Alert Program for self-regulation / Mary Sue Williams, Sherry Shellenberger. TherapyWorks, Inc., c1996.
Description: Introduces the Alert Program (AP) to occupational therapists, parents, teachers, and other professionals. AP promotes awareness of how we regulate our arousal states and encourages the use of sensorimotor strategies to manage our levels of alertness.--Preface. After using this program, the Take Five! program continues the training.
Also available: An introduction to "How does your engine run?"

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The impulsive, disorganized child : solutions for parenting kids with executive functioning difficulties / James W. Forgan, Ph. D., & Mary Anne Richey. Prufrock Press Inc., [2015]
Description: Impulsive, scattered, lost, unfocused, unprepared, disorganized: These are just a few of the words used to describe kids with executive functioning deficits, which commonly affect many children already diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism. The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties helps parents pinpoint weak executive functions in their children, then learn how to help their kids overcome these deficits with practical, easy solutions. Children who can't select, plan, initiate, or sustain action toward their goals are children who simply struggle to succeed in school and other aspects of life. Parents need the helpful, proven advice and interactive surveys and action plans in this book to empower them to take positive action to teach their disorganized, impulsive child to achieve independence, success, and a level of self-support.
Contents: The big deal about executive functioning -- General support for executive functioning difficulties -- Holding back impulses -- Keeping information in working memory -- Shifting, being flexible and regulating emotion -- Focusing and self-monitoring -- Not just ordinary organizing -- Managing time -- Taking action -- Sustaining effort -- Planning/problem solving/goal setting/using critical thinking -- Children with two homes -- Looking forward.

Inclusive programming for high school students with autism or Asperger's syndrome / Sheila Wagner. Future Horizons, Inc., c2009.
Description: "Successful inclusion in high school is critical for achieving independence as an adult! Even though inclusive education is now the standard for educating students with special needs, inclusion is a still a very new process. Successful inclusion relies on flexibility of parents and educators, and their ability to work together for the sake of the student. Training, collaboration, specialized teaching, long-term planning, and a clear idea of the desired outcome for the student—these are just as important at the high school level as they were in elementary and middle school. This comprehensive guide will help you give your child or student the best possible high school experience. You will learn how to help students navigate the social minefields of friendships and dating, while fostering the executive functioning skills they will need as adults. Topics include: Transitioning from Middle School ; IEP Goals and Objectives ; Accommodations/Modifications ; Course Selection ; Developing Friendships ; Prom Night and Dating ; Bullying ; Graduation Requirements ; Zero-tolerance and Discipline Standards ; Driving Permits ; Preparing for College ; Employment Options ; Transitioning to the Adult World ; Planning for Inclusion into the Community ..."-- publisher's website.

Kids in the syndrome mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger's, Tourette's, bipolar, and more! [electronic resource] : the one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals / Martin L. Kutscher ; with contributions by Tony Attwood and Robert R. Wolff. Jessica Kingsley, 2005.
Description: "...a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children - from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders - whether at home, at school, or in other settings - along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs."

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Late, lost and unprepared : a parents' guide to helping children with executive functioning / Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie C. Dietzel. Woodbine House, c2008.
Description: "Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump! The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. ... for parents of children from primary school through high school who struggle with: Iimpulse Control (taking turns, interrupting others, running off) ; cognitive Flexibility (adapting to new situations, transitions, handling frustrations) ; initiation (starting homework, chores, and major projects) ; working memory (following directions, note-taking, reading and retaining info) ; planning & organizing (completing and turning in homework, juggling schedules) ; self-monitoring (making careless errors, staying on topic, getting into trouble but not understanding why). ... emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention: 1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run, and 2) building independent skills for long-term self-management. Full of encouragement and practical strategies, the book's organization--short chapters with overviews, summaries, case studies, tips, and definitions--makes it easy to grasp concepts quickly and get started. Part I, What You Need to Know, provides information about: what executive functions are and how weaknesses in these skills affect development; the impact of weak executive function on children's emotional lives and their families; how professionals assess executive function problems; and associated conditions (AD/HD--children with an AD/HD diagnosis always have executive skills issues--learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, etc.). Part II discusses What You Can Do About It including how to change behavior and set reasonable expectations, and offers specific intervention strategies for children of different ages, varying needs, and profiles."

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Learning the RO.P.E.S. for improved executive function : a cognitive behavioral approach for individuals with high functioning autism and other behavioral disorders / Patricia Schetter, M.A., B.C.B.A. ABTA Publications, c2008, 2004.
Description: "... discusses and includes all the forms and an assessment tool to fully implements the strategies. The book provides the reader with great content including: an understanding of executive dysfunction in children with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome ; strategies to address the behavior excesses and deficits typically associated with these disorders ; step by step instruction on teaching the skills necessary for overcoming many deficits of executive functioning including: recall, organization and planning, prioritizing and goals setting, evaluation and critical thinking skills, self management, and strategies to provide the necessary structure and support while these skills are being acquired. ,,,full of useful worksheets and graphic organizers, that are uniquely designed to capitalize on the visual strengths of children with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome to assist them in learning how to "think through" complex situations using these visual maps and structures as their guide. Many case studies cited provide the reader with "real life" examples of the successful implementation of the strategies presented from primary grades through adulthood. Educators have commented that the strategies are also very helpful to learners who have ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and the typical student who struggles with organization."--Publisher's website.

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Motivational interviewing in schools : conversations to improve behavior and learning/ Stephen Rollnick, Sebastian G. Kaplan, Richard Rutschman. The Guilford Press, 2016.
Contents: Part I. Overview of motivational interviewing -- Conversations about change -- What is MI? -- The spirit and style of MI -- A conversation map: four processes -- Core skills -- Evoking: the heart of MI -- Planning changes -- The MI approach to giving information and advice -- Part II. In practice -- Behavior, behavior, behavior -- Learning -- Personal growth -- Working with families -- Part III. Focused applications -- Bullying -- At-risk students: MI integrated with other approaches -- Dropout prevention and reengagement -- Transition to life after school -- Part IV. Broader horizons -- Improving your knowledge and skills -- Integrating MI in schools.
Description: "The first teacher's guide to the proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI), this pragmatic book shows how to use everyday interactions with students as powerful opportunities for change. MI comprises skills and strategies that can make brief conversations about any kind of behavioral, academic, or peer-related challenge more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the "dos and don'ts" of talking to K-12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth. User-friendly features include learning exercises and reflection questions; additional helpful resources are available at the companion website. Written for teachers, the book will be recommended and/or used in teacher workshops by school psychologists, counselors, and social workers. Subject Areas/Key Words: academic performance, adolescents, ambivalence, at-risk students, behavior problems, bullying, change, children, classroom management, classrooms, collaborative, communication, conversations, counseling, dropout prevention, elementary, engagement, families, family, guidance, interventions, MI, motivational interviewing, reflective listening, restorative discipline, schools, school psychology, secondary, social-emotional learning, teachers, teaching, techniques Audience: Classroom teachers, special educators, and administrators working with students ages 5-17 (grades K-12); will be recommended and/or used in teacher workshops by school psychologists, counselors, and social workers"-- Provided by publisher.

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Nerdy, shy, and socially inappropriate : a user guide to an Asperger life / Cynthia Kim. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015.
Description: "Cynthia Kim explores all the quirkyness of living with Asperger Syndrome (ASD) in this accessible, witty and honest guide looking from an insider perspective at some of the most challenging and intractable aspects of being autistic."--Publisher.
Contents: Nerdy, shy, and socially inappropriate -- Growing up undiagnosed -- Navigating the social communication jungle -- A complicated relationship with relationships -- Parenting Aspie style -- Rigid and routine -- Sensory seeking and sensitivities -- The autistic body -- Exploring the emotional landscape -- Executive function : the brain's control center -- The dark side -- Redefining myself -- Arriving at acceptance.

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The partner's guide to Asperger Syndrome / Susan Moreno, Marci Wheeler, and Kealah Parkinson ; foreword by Tony Attwood. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2012.
Description: Drawing on their own experiences of being in long-term relationships with partners with Asperger syndrome, and interviews with others in the same situation, the authors offer tried-and-tested advice on how to surmount common difficulties and make things work.
Contents: Foreword: Relationship problems of adults with Asperger syndrome / Tony Attwood -- Introduction -- Internal issues for non-spectrum partners -- Communication differences -- Social skills differences -- Sensory processing differences -- Executive function skills and challenges -- Coping with stress -- Parenting -- ASD and illegal behaviors -- Positive ASD qualities vs negative experiences -- Successful partnerships -- Meeting the needs of the NS partner -- Final thoughts.

A practical guide to mental health problems in children with autistic spectrum disorder [electronic resource] : it's not just their autism! / Khalid Karim, Alvina Ali and Michelle O'Reilly. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014.
Description: "Exploring the relationship between ASD and mental health difficulties, this book offers practical guidance to help parents and professionals recognise and handle co-morbid conditions, and dispels the myth that they are just a part of autism. The authors cover a wide range of common mental health problems experienced by children with ASD, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders, psychosis, stress, tics and depression, and illustrate these issues with case studies. They also provide vital advice in an accessible format and suggest strategies to ease the difficulties which arise from these co-morbid conditions. This book is essential reading for professionals working with children on the autism spectrum and is an accessible and practical resource for parents and carers"--Provided by publisher.
Contents: Autism Spectrum Disorder: an introduction -- Mental health: an introduction -- ASD and comorbid ADHD -- ASD and comorbid anxiety disorders -- ASD and comorbid depression -- ASD and tics or Tourette's Syndrome -- ASD and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) -- ASD and comorbid eating disorders -- ASD and other less common psychiatric conditions -- Reducing stress, and strategies that help -- ASD and sleep problems -- Sensory processing problems and executive functioning difficulties -- ASD and self-harm -- The use of therapies -- The role of different professionals.

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Promoting executive function in the classroom / Lynn Meltzer. Guilford Press, Ã2010.
Description: "Accessible and practical, this book helps teachers incorporate executive function processes―such as planning, organizing, prioritizing, and self-checking―into the classroom curriculum. Chapters provide effective strategies for optimizing what K–12 students learn by improving how they learn. ... a wealth of easy-to-implement assessment tools, teaching techniques and activities, and planning aids. Featuring numerous whole-class ideas and suggestions, the book also shows how to differentiate instruction for students with learning or attention difficulties. Case examples illustrate individualized teaching strategies and classroom accommodations. More than a dozen reproducibles are included; the large-size format facilitates photocopying and day-to- day reference."

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Smart but scattered : the revolutionary "executive skills" approach to helping kids reach their potential / Peg Dawson, EdD, Richard Guare, PhD. The Guilford Press, [2009]
Contents: How did such a smart kid end up so scattered? -- Identifying your child's strengths and weaknesses -- How your own executive skill strengths and weaknesses matter -- Matching the child to the task -- Ten principles for improving your child's executive skills -- Modifying the environment: A is for antecedent -- Teaching executive skills directly: B is for behavior -- Motivating your child to learn and use executive skills: C is for consequence -- Advance organizer -- Ready-made plans for teaching your child to complete daily routines -- Building response inhibition -- Enhancing working memory -- Improving emotional control -- Strengthening sustained attention -- Teaching task initiation -- Promoting planning and prioritizing -- Fostering organization -- Instilling time management -- Encouraging flexibility -- Increasing goal-directed persistence -- Cultivating metacognition -- When what you do is not enough -- Working with the school -- What's ahead?
Description: Scientists who study child development have recently found that kids who are "smart but scattered" lack or lag behind in crucial executive skills -- the core, brain-based habits of mind required to "execute" tasks like getting organized, staying focused, and controlling emotions. Drawing on this discovery, school psychologist Peg Dawson and neuropsychologist Richard Guare have developed a program that parents and teachers can use to strengthen kids' abilities to plan ahead, be efficient, follow through, and get things done. Smart but Scattered provides ways to assess children's strengths and weaknesses and offers guidance on day-to-day issues like following instructions in the classroom, doing homework, completing chores, reducing performance anxiety, and staying cool under pressure. Small steps add up to big improvements, enabling these kids to build the skills they need to live up to their full potential. More than 40 reproducibles are included.

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The source for executive function disorders / Susanne Phillips Keeley. LinguiSystems, c2003.
Description: "Executive functions perform a collective service that comes into play with all facets of cognitive processing. Patients with executive function disorders have difficulty with: planning and organization ; identifying what needs to be done carrying out the steps in an orderly way ; identifying the beginning tasks ; maintaining attention ; evaluating how they're doing on a task ; taking feedback or suggestions. This manual provides a structured framework for therapists to guide the evaluation process and treatment of patients with executive function disorders. The manual gives: information on the use of standardized and informal assessment tools to reflect the patient's real-life performance ; instruction in the use of the Patient-Initiated Continuum (PIC) to involve the patient as a stakeholder in therapy and to quantify patient improvement thorough explanations of the processes of time management, attention (five forms), goal-directed behavior, and memory ; activities to systematically target self-assessment, time management, attention (five forms), goal-directed behavior, and memory ; examples of goals and written reports ; documentation requirements. Copy the activity pages or print them from the FREE CD. Extra helps include: patient history form ; patient self-assessment checklists ; patient performance checklist ; time management templates ; 65 pages of reproducible activities ; answer key."

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The source for development of executive functions / Gail J. Richard, Jill K. Fahy. LinguiSystems, c2005.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Defining executive functions -- 2. Development of executive functions -- 3. Co-morbidity of executive functions with other disorders -- 4. assessment of executive functions -- 5. Global treatment approach -- 6. Functional strategies and goals -- Summary -- Resources for formal and informal assessment -- References.

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Teaching teens with ADD, ADHD & executive function deficits : a quick reference guide for teachers and parents / Chris A. Zeigler Dendy. Woodbine House, c2011.
Description: "Thousands of teachers and parents have relied on the authoritative, concise information ... for advice on meeting the educational, medical, and social needs and challenges of adolescents with these conditions. This updated edition provides more than 80 summaries (annotated checklists for easy consumption) chock full of new information on research, teaching strategies, education law, executive functioning, social skills, and medication. ... Chris Dendy is encouraging to educators about the challenges of teaching and managing behavior, while reminding them that attention issues are due to problems in the brain that students can't control. Summaries fall into these important categories: The Basics of ADD & ADHD ; Academic and Learning Issues ; Executive Function and Organizational Skills ; Federal Laws ; Medication Issues ; Managing Behaviors ; Going the Extra Mile."--publisher's website..

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Unstuck and on target! : an executive function curriculum to improve flexibility for children with autism spectrum disorders / by Lynn Cannon [and others]. Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., c2011.
Description: "For students with autism spectrum disorders, problems with flexibility and goal-directed behavior can be a major obstacle to success in school and in life. But flexibility and goal- setting can be taught just like any other skill—and this how-to manual equips professionals with simple, real-world ways to help students with ASD develop this critical aspect of executive function. A classroom-based intervention approach for high- functioning students ages 8–11, this innovative guide gives special educators and other service providers ready-to-use lessons that promote cognitive and behavioral flexibility in everyday situations, from compromising with peers to handling schedule changes. Developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and front-line professionals, the 27 lessons ... are tested and proven. Students in field tests reported clear benefits, including increased ability to compromise and focus on larger goals: reflect the learning style of students with ASD. Explicit, step-by-step routines, activities, and scripts build on the natural strengths of students with ASD and ensure that they make progress ; target specific skills every student needs to learn more effectively, participate successfully in the classroom, reduce stress, get along with others, set and achieve goals, problem solve, complete tasks independently, and more ; free up teacher time. Educators will spend less time supporting students with flexibility challenges and more time on teaching ; fit easily into any curriculum. Lessons are easy to use and don't require extensive planning ; make learning fun, with engaging games, role-plays, stories, and lively class discussions ; ensure generalization. Take-home worksheets for each lesson strengthen the home- school connection and help students transfer their new flexibility skills to other settings. ... guide gives users clear instructions, materials lists, and modifications for each lesson, plus invaluable ... tips that help general educators reinforce the lessons throughout the school day. And with the included CD-ROM, it's easy to print all of the game cards, student worksheets, and other materials needed to conduct the lessons. With this effective, user-friendly approach to executive function intervention, students with ASD will develop the flexibility skills they need to reach their goals, enjoy healthy relationships, and succeed in school and in the community. Help students with ASD: handle unexpected events ; cope with disappointment and frustration ; keep an open mind ; navigate disagreements with friends ; set and achieve goals ; distinguish a "big deal" from a "little deal" ; learn how to compromise ; create a Plan B when Plan A doesn't work"--publisher's web site.

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The zones of regulation : a curriculum designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control / written and created by Leah M. Kuypers Think Social Publishing, Inc., c2011.
Description: "... a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum's learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called "zones," with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students' understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others' facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills. The curriculum's learning activities are presented in 18 lessons. To reinforce the concepts being taught, each lesson includes probing questions to discuss and instructions for one or more learning activities. Many lessons offer extension activities and ways to adapt the activity for individual student needs. The curriculum also includes worksheets, other handouts, and visuals to display and share. These can be photocopied from this book or printed from the accompanying CD."--Publisher's website.

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I can't find my whatchamacallit!! / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde. National Center for Youth Issues, [2015]
Description: Cletus is messy and disorganized. His cousin Bocephus is organized and uptight. Bocephus steps in to help his cousin after Cletus' mom refuses to let him play until his room is cleaned.

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Planning isn't my priority .. : and making priorities isn't in my plans / written by Julia Cook ; illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde.National Center for Youth Issues, [2016]
Description: While working on their science fair project on mealworms, Cletus and Bocephus learn to appreciate and understand each other's strengths and weaknesses. Creativity needs structure and structure needs creativity ... and Cletus and Bosephus both need to know how to plan and prioritize.

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