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 Author Joyce Cooper-Kahn
ISBN-10 1890627844
ISBN-13 9781890627843
Year 2008-10-24
Pages 232
Language English
Publisher Woodbine House
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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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