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

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by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie Dietzel
     
 

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Help toddlers through teens who struggle with executive function weaknesses manage daily demands and build independent skills for the long-term.See more details below

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Help toddlers through teens who struggle with executive function weaknesses manage daily demands and build independent skills for the long-term.

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Autism Asperger's Digest
LATE, LOST, AND UNPREPARED delves deeply into the world of executive functioning skills, explaining their role in learning and in critical life skills: time management, impulse control (in words and deeds), cognitive flexibility, and initiation, planning and organizing, among others. Part I of the book widens understanding about EF skills in general, including assessing your child or student's abilities. Part II, the "what you can do about it" section is page after page of positive strategies, highly practical tips and case studies that cement concepts and learning. A well-organized, well-written book that's sure to become a well-used addition to your home or professional library.
Library Journal

Two groundbreaking guides explore a burgeoning parenting topic. Executive functioning/executive skills are a series of cognitive skills that regulate behavior and help accomplish tasks, e.g., impulse and emotional control or planning and organizing work. When these skills are weak, children's behavior can be frustrating and vexing for parents who show strength in the particular skills with which their child struggles. Both guides emphasize children's nonperformance as caused by inability, and both illustrate how to improve functioning. Clinical psychologists Cooper-Kahn and Dietzel offer a practical approach through detailed explanations, explorations of causes and effects, and strengthening techniques. Especially helpful are a professional assessment how-to and abundant tips for advocacy at school.

Using a similar tack, Dawson, a psychologist, and Guare, a neuropsychologist, follow up on their clinician-specific Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, with more compassionate and parent-friendly results. They include age-specific questionnaires to assess skills in both child and parent and focus on the fit between children's and their parents' strengths and weaknesses in skill-building techniques and daily living. Notable are several useful checklists and a clear framework for intervention. While both titles include resource lists and clinical examples, Dawson and Guare's personal anecdotes lend immediacy. They also provide lists of toys and games to promote skill development and several relevant web sites. Overall, Smart but Scattered is the more comprehensive, accessible, and hopeful title. Donna Goldberg and Jennifer Zwiebel's The Organized Student:Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond showed the tip of the iceberg, and other books devoted exclusively to Asperger's syndrome or ADHD cater to a specific audience. As the first books on the subject to speak directly, comprehensively, and universally to parents, both titles are recommended for parenting collections in public and school libraries; Dawson and Guare's work should be considered essential.
—Shawna Thorup

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606131343
Publisher:
Woodbine House
Publication date:
07/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
130,558
File size:
1 MB

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