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.