The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens

The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens

A wonderful resource for anyone who knows or works with teens who suffer from executive functioning disorder (EFD)―including parents, teachers, counselors, or clinicians. From handling frustration to taking notes in class, this book will help teens hone the skills they need to succeed.

Do you know a teen who is disorganized, chronically late, forgetful, or impulsive? Do they struggle to get homework done, but never manage to turn it in on time? Perhaps it’s your son or daughter, a student you work with, or even a client. It’s likely that this teen suffers from executive functioning disorder (EFD), an attention disorder marked by an inability to stay on task that is common in people with learning disabilities. If this teen has tried to manage his or her time and meet deadlines with little success, he or she may feel like giving up. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, however. You just need to show them the way.

In The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens  a licensed school counselor provides an evidence-based, easy-to-use, and practical workbook written directly for a teen audience. The book is designed to provide teens with the skills needed to get organized, retain information, communicate effectively, and perform well in school and in everyday life. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book offers activities that will help teens better understand their disorder and cope with it effectively.

With one chapter for each of the ten main areas of EFD, the book also includes tips for initiating positive action and change, improving flexibility in thinking, sustaining attention, organizing, planning, enhancing memory, managing emotions, and building self-awareness. Written in a fun, engaging format, this book is designed to motivate and inspire teens to carry out and complete tasks with ease.

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Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series)

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Third Edition: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series)

Many tens of thousands of school practitioners and teachers (K–12) have benefited from the step-by-step guidelines and practical tools in this influential go-to resource, now revised and expanded with six new chapters. The third edition presents effective ways to assess students' strengths and weaknesses, create supportive instructional environments, and promote specific skills, such as organization, time management, sustained attention, and emotional control. Strategies for individualized and classwide intervention are illustrated with vivid examples and sample scripts. In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes 38 reproducible forms and handouts. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
 
New to This Edition
*Chapter with guidance and caveats for developing individual education programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).
*Chapters on working with students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder.
*Three guest-authored chapters describing exemplary schoolwide applications.
*More student centered--provides a template for involving children in intervention decision making.
*Fully updated with the latest developments in the field.
 
This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

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BRAIN HACKS: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning

BRAIN HACKS: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning

Filled with actionable strategies proven to improve focus, increase productivity, and promote well-being, Brain Hack will help you transform the way you work, live, and feel by tapping into the power of your executive functioning skills.

Modern life requires a lot of our brains. We need to stay organized, manage our time wisely, and make important decisions. These essential skills―known as executive functioning―affect every aspect of our lives, from how we function at work and home to how we manage stress.

Written by clinical psychologist and author of The Gift of ADHD book series, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, Brain Hack offers powerful guidance and strategies that will improve your executive functioning and help you work smarter, feel better, and achieve more of your goals.

With chapter-by-chapter concentration on the main areas of executive functioning―focus and attention, planning and organization, cognitive flexibility, emotional regulation, and impulse control―Brain Hack: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning offers:

  • An overview of executive functioning and self-assessments to identify which executive functioning areas pose your greatest challenges.
  • Explorations of the 5 core skills of executive functioning, including summaries, techniques, and brain hacks to make them stronger.
  • Real-world strategies and exercises to strengthen your executive functioning skills and apply them to everyday challenges.

Using the proven, life-changing strategies in Brain Hack, anyone can significantly enhance their executive functioning skills. Even those who have struggled with executive functioning in the past can transform from being controlled by their brain to being in control of it.

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The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

The vital skills children need to achieve their full potential!

Being organized. Staying focused. Controlling impulses and emotions.

These are some of the basic executive functioning (EF) skills children need to function and succeed as they grow. But what can you do if your child is struggling with one or all of these skills? With this hands-on guide, you'll learn what EF difficulties look like and how you can help your child overcome these challenges. Psychologist Rebecca Branstetter teaches you how to help improve the executive functions, including:

  • Task initiation
  • Response inhibition
  • Focus
  • Time management
  • Working memory
  • Flexibility
  • Self-regulation
  • Completing tasks
  • Organization

With checklists to help enforce skills and improve organization, The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder is your step-by-step handbook for helping your child concentrate, learn, and thrive!

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Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

(2009 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA): Honors Award)

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.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared is a must-have book for parents of children from primary school through high school who struggle with:

Impulse 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)

Written by clinical psychologists, Late, Lost, and Unprepared 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.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared is chockful of ideas for helping your child or student be productive and independent--today and in the future.

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Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (What Works for Special-Needs Learners)

Promoting Executive Function in the Classroom (What Works for Special-Needs Learners)

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. Noted authority Lynn Meltzer and her research associates present 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. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

See also Meltzer's edited volume, Executive Function in Education, Second Edition, which presents state-of-the-art knowledge on the role of EF in learning across the content areas.

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Executive Functioning Workbook

Executive Functioning Workbook

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!

This EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING WORKBOOK 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
  • Correctly estimating how long tasks will take
  • Starting, stopping, and changing activities

This Executive Functioning Workbook is 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.

The Executive Functioning Workbook provides easy to follow, hands-on guidance and support to help students organize, plan, and follow through on tasks.

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Executive Function in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students

Executive Function in the Classroom: Practical Strategies for Improving Performance and Enhancing Skills for All Students

Students with strong executive function skills hold the keys to school and social success—from attention and impulse control to time management and organization. Now K–12 teachers have a practical, highly readable guide to enhancing these critical skills for all students, with and without learning disabilities.

Through the author's memorable metaphors, classroom examples, and crystal-clear explanations of brain functioning, teachers will immediately grasp what executive function is and how it affects their students' learning and behavior. Then they'll get the explicit, research-based guidance they need to

  • improve executive function skills in specific academic subjects: reading, math, and writing
  • choose effective assessment methods to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses in students' executive function
  • adapt their instruction and classroom structure to enhance students' executive skills and improve "trouble spots"
  • implement an executive function coaching process that helps students plan, organize, and complete their assignments
  • develop individual behavior support plans that address underlying executive function challenges


An unparalleled practical resource on one of today's most critical education topics, this sourcebook equips teachers with everything they need to detect and solve their students' executive function challenges. They'll get a wide range of ready-to-use strategies based on best practices, visual aids that make new concepts instantly understandable, and photocopiable forms to help students improve in specific executive function areas.

A perfect resource for effective, affordable professional development, this teacher-friendly guide lays a clear and simple path to stronger executive skills for all students-and lasting academic and social success.

Help students improve in key executive function areas:

  • organization
  • homework completion
  • time management
  • note-taking
  • study skills
  • impulse control
  • working memory
  • planning skills
  • self-regulation
  • adaptability
  • and more!

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Adult Executive Functioning Workbook: Simple effective advice along with easy to follow checklists.

Adult Executive Functioning Workbook: Simple effective advice along with easy to follow checklists.

Many adults struggle with daily tasks that affect their ability to plan, start, and finish work. This often means they’re lacking the executive functioning skills needed to be effective in their family and work lives. Research shows these brain-based skills can be taught. The Adult Executive Functioning program guides you to understand what keeps you from reaching your goals and teaches you to learn how to identify your goals and challenges and boost your productivity. -Skills covered this workbook include: -Self-assessment in Executive Functioning skills. -Setting goals. -Setting and maintaining an organized workspace. -Using a planner to track daily, weekly, and long-term projects. -Accurately estimating how long tasks will take. -Scheduling time for working towards your goals. -Breaking down long-term projects into daily tasks. -Active reading and study skills. -Taking useful notes. -Exam preparation and exam-taking strategies. -Tracking progress and setting new goals.

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The Conscious Parent's Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder: A Mindful Approach for Helping Your child Focus and Learn (The Conscious Parent's Guides)

The Conscious Parent's Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder: A Mindful Approach for Helping Your child Focus and Learn (The Conscious Parent's Guides)

Help your child feel confident and capable!

If your child has been given a diagnosis of executive functioning disorder, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. You want your child to be able to master certain basic skills, such as being organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. But what if your child is having trouble with one or all of these skills? With The Conscious Parent's Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder, you'll learn how to take a relationship-centered approach to parenting as you help improve your child's executive functioning skills:

  • Task initiation
  • Response inhibition
  • Focus
  • Time management
  • Working memory
  • Flexibility
  • Self-regulation
  • Completing tasks
  • Organization
Conscious parenting is about being present with your children and taking the time to understand how to help them flourish. With the strategies and advice in this guide, you and your child will build sustainable bonds, develop positive behaviors, and improve executive functioning skills for life. And you'll find that conscious parenting helps create a calm and mindful atmosphere for the whole family, while helping your child feel competent, successful, and healthy.

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