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About Joyce Cooper-Kahn
Now a clinical psychologist, she provides clinical services at Thinking Tree Psychology in Severna Park, Maryland. She specializes in individual and family services, educational consultation and second opinions regarding attention and other learning disorders, social-emotional challenges, and executive functioning delays.
Dr. Cooper-Kahn is the co-author of the award-winning book, Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. That book introduced readers to her enthusiasm, expertise and straightforward guidance on ways to help youth with ADHD and executive functioning weaknesses.
Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom, co-authored with Learning Specialist Margaret Foster, brings the same clarity and practical approach to the school setting.
In her writing, as in her clinical work, Dr. Cooper-Kahn brings together science, clinical experience, and an appreciation for the daily demands of those raising and teaching children. Her passion lies at this junction where psychology informs daily life.
She is a well-known speaker in the United States and abroad, bringing her knowledge and engaging style to those working with children.
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Executive functions are the cognitive skills that help us manage our lives and be successful. Children with weak executive skills, despite their best intentions, often do their homework but forget to turn it in, wait until the last minute to start a project, lose things, or have a room that looks like a dump!
The good news is that parents can do a lot to support and train their children to manage these frustrating and stressful weaknesses. LATE, LOST, AND UNPREPARED 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 info)
-Planning & Organizing (completing and turning in homework, juggling schedules)
-Self-monitoring (making careless errors, staying on topic, getting into trouble but not understanding why)
Written by clinical psychologists, LATE, LOST, AND UNPREPARED emphasizes the need for a two-pronged approach to intervention: 1) helping the child to manage demands in the short run, and 2) 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.
Part I, What You Need to Know, provides information about: what executive functions are and how weaknesses in these skills affect development; the impact of weak executive function on children's emotional lives and their families; how professionals assess executive function problems; and associated conditions (AD/HD--children with an AD/HD diagnosis always have executive skills issues--learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, etc.).Part II discusses What You Can Do About It including how to change behavior and set reasonable expectations, and offers specific intervention strategies for children of different ages, varying needs, and profiles. LATE, LOST, AND UNPREPARED is chockful of ideas for helping your child or student be productive and independent--today and in the future.
Students with weak Executive Function skills need strong support and specific strategies to help them learn in an efficient manner, demonstrate what they know, and manage the daily demands of school. This book shows teachers how to do exactly that, while also managing the ebb and flow of their broader classroom needs. From the author of the bestselling parenting book Late, Lost, and Unprepared, comes a compilation of the most practical tools and strategies, designed to be equally useful for children with EF problems as well as all other students in the general education classroom.
Rooted in solid research and classroom-tested experience, the book is organized to help teachers negotiate the very fluid challenges they face every day; educators will find strategies that improve their classroom "flow" and reduce the stress of struggling to teach students with EF weaknesses.
- Includes proven strategies for teachers who must address the needs of students with Executive Function deficits
- Contains information from noted experts Joyce Cooper-Kahn, a child psychologist and Margaret Foster, an educator and learning specialist
- Offers ways to extend learning and support strategies beyond the classroom
- The book's reproducible forms and handouts are available for free download
This important book offers teachers specific strategies to help students with EF deficits learn in an efficient manner, demonstrate what they know, and manage the daily demands of school.