Is It Executive Function Disorder (EFD) or ADHD?

Children and adults with executive function disorder (EFD) have problems with organizing and schedules. They may also have ADHD and/or learning disabilities, but not always — it’s a common misdiagnosis for those who are actually living with EFD.


Summer Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Executive Function Skills

So, the kids are done with school and are intent on swimming, hanging out with friends, playing video games, and delaying their summer reading until the last possible moment in August. As a parent, you know that they need this time to recharge after a hectic school year. Yet something keeps nagging at you. That little voice in your head rudely interrupts as you apply the umpteenth layer of sunscreen on your kids, demanding “What are you doing to help them improve their Executive Function skills?”


Executive Function Disorder, Explained

Your house is a graveyard of half-finished projects. Multi-tasking and prioritizing make you incredibly stressed and overwhelmed. If you don't write it down, it doesn't happen. If this sounds familiar, you should read this article about executive function deficits - and solutions.


Books

Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple Ways to Get Kids with Autism Unstuck and on Target
Kenworthy Ph.D., Lauren, Anthony Ph.D., Laura, Alexander "M.S. OTR", Katie, Werner M.A., Monica, Cannon M.Ed., Lynn, et al.

 


365+1 ways to succeed with ADHD: A whole new year's worth of tips and strategies from the world's best ADHD Coaches and Experts.
Dupar, Laurie D., Skillings, Laurie Moore, Dupar, Laurie, Brand: Coaching forADHD

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Tough, Paul

 

 


Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It
Schultz, Jerome J., Hallowell, Edward M.

 


No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control--The Eight Essential Brain SkillsEvery Child Needs to Thrive
Cox, Adam J.


Smart but Scattered Teens: The "Executive Skills" Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential
By Guare Phd, Richard, Dawson EdD, Peg, Guare, Colin 

 


Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention 2nd Edition (Practical Interventions in the Schools)
By Peg Dawson and Richard Guare

A good introductory book on Executive Function Skills. Particularly excellent for teachers and parents who need foundational understandings on what the Executive Function Skills are. The Second Edition has lots of additional information and updates. These authors have also written the book Smart but Scattered which has many practical ideas to improve executive function routines in the home setting.


Lost in School and The Explosive Child
By Ross Green.

Both are excellent books for communicating to school professionals about the underlying EF difficulties children with behavioral challenges experience and why they act the way they do. A must read for teachers and parents alike. If you have an explosive child at home this is a must read resource, but I do not recommend you skim the book. Read it cover to cover to really understand collaborative problem solving to work with children who struggle with flexibility. Related resources include the websites: · thinkkids.org · www.greatschools.org/special-education/health/executive-function-lens-to-view-yourchild.gs?content=1017 · http://www.livesinthebalance.org/ This is an OUTSTANDING website with many great videos for learning the collaborative problem solving approach.

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