The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties

The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties

by James Forgan, Mary Anne Richey


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ISBN-13: 9781618214010
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2015
Pages: 225
Sales rank: 598,472
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jim Forgan, Ph.D., is a parent of a young son with ADHD and is an Associate Professor and Licensed School Psychologist.

Mary Anne Richey, M.S., is a parent of an adult son with ADHD and a Licensed School Psychologist with the Palm Beach School District.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Big Deal About Executive Functioning 1

Chapter 2 General Support for Executive Functioning Difficulties 17

Chapter 3 Holding Back Impulses 37

Chapter 4 Keeping Information in Working Memory 55

Chapter 5 Shifting, Being Flexible, and Regulating Emotion 79

Chapter 6 Focusing and Self-Monitoring 101

Chapter 7 Not Just Ordinary Organizing 121

Chapter 8 Managing Time 137

Chapter 9 Taking Action 155

Chapter 10 Sustaining Effort 175

Chapter 11 Planning, Problem Solving, Goal Setting, and Using Critical Thinking 191

Chapter 12 Children With Two Homes 209

Chapter 13 Looking Forward 221

References 231

Appendix 235

About the Authors 257

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jzcoach More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Mary Anne Richey & James W. Forgan, authors of The Impulsive, Disorganized Child, is one of the most thoughtful and comprehensive books that I have ever come across on this topic! What an incredible source this new book will be for parents, educators, coaches and anyone whose life is impacted by ADHD/Executive Skill deficits. The design of the book allows one to either read from cover to cover or to pick and choose chapters based on what one might find particularly relevant to their situation. Each section offers information, explanations, examples and countless strategies, tools and systems. The wealth of information and suggestions are so very cleverly laid out to offer specifics for parents and specifics for teachers. The authors address their topics cross categorically, (i.e.: touching on issues related to home, school, community), and topics are broken down according to age of child as well. From a self reflection survey at the beginning of each section, to the closure of “Next Steps” where the parent or teacher is left to actually take what has been learned/gained in the chapter and come up with his/her own plan and implement it at home/at school etc.  In this way this book becomes a hands on and practical tool that can actually help one to move forward. It’s more than just an information source, though it definitely is that as well, as it’s back with tons of research.  For me as an ADHD Coach, and as the Coordinator of an Educational Support Group for Parents & Educators of Children with ADHD, this book reflects the issues that every single parent and teacher that I encounter face daily at home and at school. I personally will use it as source for guiding me as I coach my own students. And, will suggest it to parents in my group who are constantly searching for understanding, solutions and support.   This new book is essentially and ‘in print’ course on parenting or teaching children with Executive Function Difficulties. I happily endorse it! Joyce Zelcer, M.A., ADHD Coach & Coordinator, CHADD of Boca Raton,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With more and more kids being diagnosed with executive functioning delays, this book is extremely useful for parents and school professionals. It breaks down the different skills that make up executive functioning and describes them clearly with examples. As a school psychologist working with children who have executive functioning difficulties, I find this book to be a valuable resource for educators and parents.  The book gives valuable tips and tools to be used at home as well as in the classroom.   The book is user-friendly and enjoyable read. I will definitely use this as a tool to help our students succeed in the area of executive functioning!   Kim Berryhill, Psy.S. NCSP School Psychologist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like most about Jim and Mary Anne’s latest resource for parents is its excellent “go to” reading style. Whatever the age, whatever the issue, they have broken down the problem and offered strategies for the home, school, and the community. There are solutions for the family and lists for teachers. And, most brilliant, the authors address our children’s current obsession, technology, with tips for using the latest apps, software, and other smart phone functions to help with executive functioning difficulties. Get ready to celebrate your child’s improvement in the area of executive functioning, finally, with this phenomenal resource! Julie C. Ross, Educational Advocate and Consultant, Ross Guidance and Educational Advocacy, LLC
ljconrad More than 1 year ago
When you are the parent of a child who lacks executive functioning skills, you feel like life has thrown you a curve ball that you’ll never be able to catch. It seems so unfair. Most parents do not have the tools to deal with these kids, and many have no idea what EF even is. They may even have struggled with EF deficits early in their own lives. The Impulsive Disorganized Child not only offers the tools, but also solutions to make your day-to-day life more tolerable. Finally answers to why your child can’t seem to get it together. And hope. Hope that things will get better and you can make a difference in your child’s life. Hope that they will become independent, successful adults.  I was impressed by the level of research that went into this book. Neuroscience has come a long way in the past several decades. If you are the parent of an impulsive, disorganized child as I was, you will find solace and strategies for coping with your child’s behavior.  Disclaimer: Thank you to the publisher for an ARC of this book. Beyond a review, I found it to be invaluable in my own life and I hope it will be for all potential readers.