Krista Stevens's Reviews > Late, Lost & Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Late, Lost & Unprepared by Joyce Cooper-Kahn
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it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, young-adult, grades-3-5, middle-school, on-the-spectrum

FANTASTIC resource for parents, teachers, and kids. Executive Functioning Disorder is not well understood, even by educators - this book has almost everything you want to know about what it is and how to help kids (and parents and teachers) learn to understand and live with this. If you are frustrated, annoyed or at your wits' end because your child appears to be irresponsible, forgetful, and disorganized, this book may help.

It gives a broad overview of what EF is, the development of EF by age bracket, the perspective of a child dealing with EFD (quite eye-opening- these poor kids must be so frustrated), impact on the family, assessment, and then numerous steps and examples of dealing with the many components of EF.

Many of my students have EFD in their IEPs. Best tips I took away from this book (seriously, you need to buy it)are:

EFD is a performance disability: there is a gap between ability/knowledge and independent, consistent behavior.

Struggling readers - are sometimes inconsistent, looking at the first letter of a word, guessing at the rest, and reading quickly - should be encouraged to slow down and read text twice...she might read well, but her problems with attention to detail, working memory and pacing will not reflect her abilities (my paraphrase).

Many kids with writing problems have trouble with initiation. It is often helpful to allow these students to dictate some or all of the assignment.

Some students spend an average of three hours a day on homework while most of their friends are done in an hour...
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April 7, 2013 – Shelved
April 7, 2013 – Shelved as: non-fiction
April 7, 2013 – Shelved as: young-adult
April 7, 2013 – Shelved as: grades-3-5
April 7, 2013 – Shelved as: middle-school
April 7, 2013 – Finished Reading
April 28, 2014 – Shelved as: on-the-spectrum

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