The Book

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)

Late Lost and Unprepared was recently designated a 2009 HONORS WINNER in the General Parenting Category of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA).

This is a must-have book for parents of 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 information)
  • Planning & Organizing (completing and turning in homework, juggling schedules)
  • Self-monitoring (making careless errors, staying on topic, getting into trouble but not understanding why)

The book emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention:

    1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run2) building independent skills for long-term self-management.

Full of encouragement and practical strategies, the book’s organization–short chapters with overviews, summaries, case studies, tips, and definitions–makes it easy to grasp concepts quickly and get started.

It is now available at the  Woodbine House web site and at