Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping
Kids Reach Their Potential.
P. Dawson & R. Guare. 2008. New York:Guilford Press.
Late, Lost, and Unprepared A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D.(Woodbine House:Bethesda, MD, 2008)
Executive Function Skills at Home
No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control--The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive
by Adam J. Cox
A favorite book about the Executive Function Skills. Well written, comprehensive and full of practical strategies. His website is amazing too: www.dradamcox.com
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
A classic and exceptional book. Get your kids' cooperation...without arguing.
You'll learn to: Avoid turning simple conversations into arguments, instruct rather than criticize when correcting your child, choose effective alternatives to punishment and show your child how to make amends while allowing him to experience the direct consequences of his actions.
Lost in School and The Explosive Child
by Ross Green.
Both are excellent books for communicating to school professionals about the underlying EF difficulties children with behavioral challenges experience and why they act the way they do. A must read for teachers and parents alike. If you have an explosive child at home this is a must read resource, but I do not recommend you skim the book. Read it cover to cover to really understand collaborative problem solving to work with children who struggle with flexibility.
Books on Organization
That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life
by Ana Homayoun.
Missed assignments. Lack of focus and enthusiasm. Falling grades. For too many boys and their frustrated parents, these are the facts of life. But they don't have to be. Top academic counselor Ana Homayoun has helped turn even the most disorganized, scattered, and unfocused boys into successful young people who consistently meet their personal and academic challenges. She does this by getting back to basics- -starting with a simple fact: Most boys needs to be taught how to get organized, how to study, and-- most important--how to visualize, embrace and meet their own goals.
Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School
by Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran
A superb book. The author’s explain the roots of children′s organizational problems, and the parents′role in fixing them. They outline different organizational styles used by different students. (Not all kids organize the same way!) They provide a step-by-step plan for an organizational system including:
Refining morning and nighttime routines, Getting the correct work home, Planning the work, and getting it back to where it belongs, Tips for reading and note taking, Study and test taking skills, Learning how to ask the right questions.