Executive Function & Child Development
A brain-based approach to helping kids stay focused and achieve.
Poor executive function (EF) in the brain can mean behavioral and attentional problems in school. This book explains to professionals and parents how EF develops in kids, what EF difficulties look like, and what creative and effective interventions can meet their needs.
Executive functions involve mental processes such as:
- Working memory–holding several pieces of information in mind while we try to do something with them–for example, understand and solve a problem or carry out a task.
- Response inhibition–inhibiting actions that interfere with our intentions or goals.
- Shifting focus–interrupting an ongoing response in order to direct attention to other aspects of a situation that are important for goal attainment.
- Cognitive flexibility–generating alternative methods of solving a problem or reaching a goal.
- Self-monitoring–checking on one's own cognitions and actions to assure that they are in line with one's intentions.
- Goal Orientation–creating and carrying out a multi-step plan for achieving a goal in a timely fashion, keeping the "big picture" in mind.
- February 2013
- 5.8 × 8.6 in
/ 272 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“I don't often say that a book is a must read, but this one is.... With the knowledge and insight I've gained from this really excellent text, I can help my children and myself create external cues that work for us so that I don't have to be the external cue for them.... Do yourself and your children (or spouse) a favor and if this is an issue your family is dealing with, read this book.” — Autism Blogs Directory
“This user-friendly guide takes the most current understandings of executive function and translates them into practical application, providing change strategies that are parent and child friendly. The case examples present clinicians with snapshots of how treatment integrates playful interventions across sessions while bringing hope to parents that growth is achievable. This volume is a must-have for both clinicians who treat these children and the parents who live with them.” — Paris Goodyear-Brown, LCSW, RPT-S, author of the Handbook of Child Sexual Abuse and Play Therapy with Traumatized Children
“A practical and innovative handbook for parents, teachers, and therapists who seek to foster better self-regulation in children with executive functioning weaknesses. Highly recommended!” — Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University