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Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions: The Attention Fix

Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions: The Attention Fix

by Paula Moraine


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This book presents an innovative model for strengthening and developing executive function in any student, including those with attention, memory, organization, planning, inhibition, initiative, and flexibility difficulties. It provides guidance on how to support each student's evolving executive function, and how to encourage those who are ready to develop self-advocacy and become more responsible for the development of his or her own executive function skills.

The author advocates a student-centred approach in which educators first explore eight key 'ingredients' with the student: relationships; strengths and weaknesses; self-advocacy and responsibility; review and preview; motivation and incentive; synthesis and analysis; rhythm and routine; and practice and repetition. She provides step-by-step explanations of how the educator and student can then explore and use these 'ingredients' in different ways and in different combinations to successfully address particular areas of difficulty. The approach is clearly explained, and the author provides many useful examples, tried-and-tested practical tips and strategies; suggested conversation starters; sample time management plans; and other tools that can be adapted to meet the particular needs and abilities of each individual student.

Original and effective, the approach outlined in this book will be of interest to teachers and other professionals involved in supporting executive function in students of all ages, as well as parents and carers.

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ISBN-13: 9781849058841
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 924,596
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Paula Moraine, M.Ed. has been a teacher and tutor for elementary grades, high school and college students, as well as a mentor, coach and adult educator in teacher training programs in the US, Germany and Scotland. She has lectured widely and led interactive workshops on child development, education and parenting. She is currently Director of the Community Outreach Center for Literacy and Tutoring Program at The Highlands School in Bel Air, Maryland, where she developed the program that forms the basis of this book by working with students of all ages, helping them to take control of their everyday executive functions.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Ingredients. 1. Relationships. 2. Strengths and Weaknesses. 3. Self-Advocacy to Self-Responsibility. 4. Review and Preview: Mental Image. 5. Motivation and Incentive. 6. Synthesis and Analysis: From the Whole to the Parts and from the Parts to the Whole. 7. Rhythm and Routine: Practice and Repetition. 8. Implicit and Explicit. Part II: Practice and Application: The Executive Functions. 9. Attention. 10. Memory. 11. Organization. 12. Planning. 13. Inhibition and Initiative. 14. Flexibility and/or Shift. 15. Control of Emotion and Control of Behavior. 16. Goals. 17. The Executive Function Map. Specific Approaches. Conclusion: Golden Rules. References. Index.

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