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Braden is brash with his words and actions. His ill-times jokes and thoughtless behaviors keep landing him in trouble at home and in school. Can Braden learn to slow down and think before he acts? Can he stop shooting off his mouth so he's not always saying inappropriate things? Young readers will enjoy finding out the answers in this funny and relatable story.
Part of the Executive FUNction series by author and school counselor Bryan Smith.
AMAZING book on controlling your impulses
I read this book with my social skills group last week and they loved guessing what the boy was going to do next, what he should do, and what they would do if they were in his situation. This book is funny, easy to read, and relatable for students. I also love the process that they provide in the book for thinking through your actions and deciding whether they are going to make your situation better or worse. We created posters for our classroom and their desks to remind them to follow the process in order to be impulse control experts. I have already purchased the downloadable activities to keep instructing on impulse control! Thanks! - Andrea Boyd
Do you know a child who can't go with the flow? This book is for children who struggle when things don't go as planned!
Braden was so excited for his upcoming Championship baseball game! The night before he dreamt of that moment - THE moment - the oohs and ahhs of the crowd as he scored the game-winning run! But imagine his surprise when he woke up to pouring rain - and NO GAME!
A cancelled game, coupled with some events at school that don't go his way, send Braden on an overreaction tailspin! Braden is a kid who struggles at handling disappointment.
Can the adults in Braden's life help him to use adaptive thinking to help manage his emotions and learn to be okay with changes?
This story from the very popular Executive Function series by award-winning author and school counselor Bryan Smith has been a hit with anyone who wants to help children learn to think flexibly, manage stress, and handle emotions.
This book series is a great tool for teachers, parents, and counselors who help kids with social skills, social emotional learning, and manners.
Readers said this:
[The book provides] tools to use when [my son] feels frustrated
I read this story to my child clients in therapy. It teaches flexible thinking which is a great tool for coping with stress.
Great book to use in school counseling.
Several readers shared that their children or students with ASD / autism enjoyed and are benefiting from having read this book!
Enjoy this story and the tips for parent and educators with your 6-12 year old today!
A Story About Ignoring Distractions and Staying on Task
Spring is in the air! That means great things like warmer weather, playing outside, and baseball!
So, when Blake is distracted by kids in the schoolyard, it’s no wonder why he doesn’t notice his friends working on the ground and knocks over their project! And when things are slow in the outfield and Blake begins to work on a dirt clump beneath his feet, is it a surprise he doesn’t see or hear the warning before a baseball nails him in the elbow? And come on, how is he supposed to keep working on his math test when it’s taking FOREVER, and he just wants to go outside?
Focus. Focus. Focus. That is the advice Blake frequently hears but fails to follow. Although he may be struggling with focus and learning to stay on task, the adults in his life are there to help teach him how to use tools like the work/brain break cycle, squishy eraser, glove tapping, and more!
Fix It with Focus adds another entertaining lesson to the very popular Executive FUNction book series by award-winning author, school counselor, dad and coach Bryan Smith.
Being able to focus is an important life skill and can help set children up for success. Included at the end of the story are tips for parents and educators to help teach children in grades K through 5 how to channel their energy, time-management and self-monitoring skills.
If your child overreacts, this book is for you! This entertaining story teaches social-emotional skills to children.
What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing quickly turns sour when Braden shouts and pouts about the rules. Turns out he is too short to drive a go-cart by himself. Hearing his parents say the rules are the rules only makes him more upset until a major meltdown follows.
Will Braden ever learn to keep his cool in the face of disappointment?
Will every discouraging moment send him into an emotional meltdown?
Part of the Executive Function series of books for children, Of Course It's a Big Deal! teaches kids not to overreact to situations, use flexible thinking and keep their emotions in check! This entertaining story also gives kids strategies (and benefits) for maintaining self-control and managing disappointment.
Tips for Parents, teachers, coaches and counselors are also included. A great resource for children with a behavioral disorder, ADHD or autism.
It can be challenging for children to know where to get started on a big project and how they will ever complete the task. Teaching students how to plan, prioritize, and post can help break down assignments and other responsibilities into more manageable tasks.
Blake's baseball team is doing a bake sale fundraiser. He just can't wait for his mom to whip up a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies! That is, until Mom reminds Blake that it is HIS fundraiser, so he needs to help. Blake has a to-do list that's just too long. How can his parents and teachers expect him to finish his homework, clean his room AND bake cookies for the baseball bake sale? Don't they know there's something urgent he has to do now - like play video games?!
When Mom encourages Blake to follow the 3 Ps - prioritizing, planning and posting a reminder of what needs to be done - he's unimpressed. But as his responsibilities pile up and his deadlines quickly approach, he has to figure out what needs doing now. Can following Mom's advice and using the 3 Ps really make a difference? School counselor and award-winning author Bryan Smith reveals the answer in the relatable story about the power of preparation and planning. It's the eighth story from the author's Executive FUNction picture book series. Tips for parents and educators to help reinforce the message of time-management and self-reliance in children are included.
Blake is always losing things, and everyone acts like it's his fault. Blake doesn't think it's a big deal, however. After all, he's just a kid! But when his field trip form is missing and the class pet is discovered dwelling among all the debris inside his desk, Blake realizes he has a problem.
With help from his teacher, a timely baseball analogy and support from his parents, Blake discovers the benefits of being organized. Children and parents alike will find this comical, colorful storybook helpful in understanding why everything has its place. Tips for teaching and organizational skills are included.
Luckily for Blake, his mom is there to work with him on the important skill of taking initiative. And she should know - she says he dad had to work with her on that same task when she was young.
Blake and Mom explore WHY Blake doesn't want to get started, and they go through a few simple steps on how to take initiative and get things done. Will Blake be able to use these steps to get started on his work at home and at school? Find out in this title in the very popular Executive FUNction series.
Self-monitoring can be challenging to understand, and even more challenging to master. Help children develop their abilities to self-control!
When he rushes home after an exhausting night of baseball, the last thing Braden wants to hear is Mom and Dad harping about everything he must finish on his to-do list. Of course, they wouldn't be on his case if he actually paid attention and did what he needed to do. From chores at home to questions on a quiz, Braden never checks his work for mistakes or to see if he missed anything. Is there a solution to his sloppiness? Yes... but will Braden be willing to try it? Can he become a master of self-monitoring?
Award-winning author, happy father, and popular school counselor Bryan Smith highlights the importance of slowing down, being accurate, and double-checking one's work in the seventh installment of the Executive FUNction series written for K-5 students.
Included at the end of the story are tips for parents, caregivers and educators to help children better control their self-monitoring skills.
Teach children to respond appropriately to different situations and put their flexible thinking skills to use!
Blake wants to sell his brother, Braden, to another family. Savannah wants to fight Mary over an insult. Braden sooo wants to sneak out of class to play kickball. The characters in this fast-paced story face conundrums that make each of them consider solutions that are inappropriate, ill-advised or irresponsible. Fortunately, some good old-fashioned fatherly advice coupled with a tried-and-true strategy for solving problems keeps everyone safe and satisfied.
This story introduces and encourages readers to use SODAS (Situation, Options, Disadvantages, Advantages, and Solution) as a way to logically and thoughtfully figure out how to solve any problem, from the silly to the serious. What's the Problem? adds to the wildly popular Executive FUNction series, which artfully weaves skill teaching into humorous storylines to help readers become flexible thinkers, problem solvers and self-managers. Included at the end of the story are tips for parents, caregivers and educators to help reinforce the importance of problem solving skills and helping to determine the appropriate response in any situation.
Amelia takes up skateboarding with gusto and feverishly builds a swing set for her kid brother. But at the first sign of trouble - tumbling off her skateboard and whacking her thumb with a hammer - she's done. Her confidence shattered, Amelia frets she's a failure.
But after a little self-reflection and some loving advice from dear-old Dad, Amelia learns she needs a "gonna get it done" mindset. With her new outlook and self-confidence, she discovers success has many definitions, including conquering challenges and overcoming obstacles.
Mindset Matters teaches children how to see problems and dilemmas as opportunities to learn and grow. Written for readers in grades K-5, this storybook includes tips to help parents and teachers foster a healthy "gonna get it done" mindset in every child.
A great children's book for anyone wanting to help kids build self-esteem and develop positive emotions.
A Humorous Story that Teaches Children How to Get an Adult's Attention and When It's okay to Interrupt
Isaac is a second-grader who struggles with waiting his turn to be recognized by an adult. He’s a little impatient, and this can get him in trouble at school and in the world. When a tough problem has him stuck, Isaac blurts out. With patience, Isaac’s mom guides him through the steps of getting somebody’s attention appropriately, helping him with the problem, and implementing interpersonal communication skills he will need for future situations. Isaac understands, but needs some practice!
Isaac’s adventures continue at the store, at home, and at school, where the adults are there to teach him even more skills like how to interrupt the right way!
Told in author Bryan Smith’s hallmark humorous style, follow Isaac as he learns how to wait his turn and to interrupt appropriately. This is the first book in the brand-new Stepping Up Social Skills series by the award-winning author, counselor, and dad.
Help teach young children in grades K through 5 how to control their impulses and become more self-reliant by utilizing the tips included at the end of the story.
For some children, sadness can become a bigger part of their lives than it should be.
It's easy for kids to feel sad when bad things happen in their lives. This is especially true when boys and girls are bullied or picked on, or feel left out.
Kyle is a fourth-grader who sometimes feels blue and out of sorts. He's not sure why, but he can never bounce back when he gets into these feelings of depression. When things go wrong at school or home, he can't shake it off and just move on. With the help of a kind teacher, Kyle learns how to recognize and manage his sadness by reframing his attitude and learning how to Start Acting Differently.
Written for kids ages 6 to 8 (Grades K-6), this book shows children that sometimes feeling sad is a normal part of life. Author Bryan Smith gives young readers the tools to manage and work through their feelings of sadness. Included are tips and suggestions for parents, teachers, therapists and counselors to use to teach kids how to manage sadness.