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

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Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Laurie Dietzel

  • Late, Lost and Unprepared
  • Late, Lost and Unprepared
    Help toddlers through teens who struggle with executive function weaknesses manage daily demands and build independent skills for long-term self-management.

232 pages
2008
ISBN: 9781890627843

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! This book will help train children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. This is a must-have book for parents and those working with 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, this book emphasises the need to help the child to manage demands in the short run and build independent skills for long-term self-management. Full of encouragement and practical strategies. Summaries, case studies, tips, and definitions make it easy to grasp concepts quickly and get started.

Part I, What You Need to Know, covers: 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, What You Can Do About It: covers how to change behaviour and set reasonable expectations, and offers specific intervention strategies for children of different ages, varying needs, and profiles.