The best executive function books

1 authors have picked their favorite books about executive function and why they recommend each book.

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Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!

By Elizabeth Sautter,

Book cover of Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!: Practical Activities to Help Your Child Manage Emotions, Navigate Social Situations & Reduce Anxiety

So often, executive functioning challenges like impulse control, difficulties with attention, and trouble with organization are thought of as isolated skills to be taught as an “add on” lesson. However, there are easy ways to teach executive functioning skills as an “add IN” to what parents and educators are already doing throughout the day. I recommend this book because it helps teach executive functioning in everyday routines, like cooking, going to the store, and on the playground. I really love the colorful and ready-to-use pages in this book! The author also sells a really cool card deck you can get to take with you “on the go” to boost not only executive functioning but also emotional regulation and social communication.

Who am I?

Is there a Japanese or Dutch word for "One who loves to geek out on organizational strategies, productivity (and post-its) SO MUCH they focus their career on it?" If there is, um......that's me. I'm Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, and I've been a school psychologist and collector of practical strategies to support students with executive functioning challenges for over 20 years. As the author of The Everything Parents Guide to Executive Functioning and creator of the “How to Teach Children and Teens Executive Functioning Skills” masterclass, my passion is to help kids figure out how they learn, what's getting in the way of their potential, and what to do about it!


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The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

By Rebecca Branstetter,

Book cover of The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

What is my book about?

Being organized. Staying focused. Controlling impulses and emotions. These are some of the basic executive functioning (EF) skills children need to function and succeed as they grow. But what can you do if your child is struggling with one or all of these skills?

As a school psychologist, I’ve worked with hundreds of children and teens with ADHD and executive functioning disorders on improving vital EF skills at school. One piece that was always missing was supporting parents, who want practical tools to support EF at home. That’s why I wrote this book! In this hands-on guide, you'll learn what EF difficulties look like and how you can help your child overcome these challenges.

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents

By Peg Dawson, Richard Guare,

Book cover of Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

I love a book you can pick up and use right away with students with ADHD and executive functioning, which is why I love this book. Filled with practical and easy photocopying, there’s great reproducible forms and handouts. Great for educators and mental health professionals!


Who am I?

Is there a Japanese or Dutch word for "One who loves to geek out on organizational strategies, productivity (and post-its) SO MUCH they focus their career on it?" If there is, um......that's me. I'm Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, and I've been a school psychologist and collector of practical strategies to support students with executive functioning challenges for over 20 years. As the author of The Everything Parents Guide to Executive Functioning and creator of the “How to Teach Children and Teens Executive Functioning Skills” masterclass, my passion is to help kids figure out how they learn, what's getting in the way of their potential, and what to do about it!


I wrote...

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

By Rebecca Branstetter,

Book cover of The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

What is my book about?

Being organized. Staying focused. Controlling impulses and emotions. These are some of the basic executive functioning (EF) skills children need to function and succeed as they grow. But what can you do if your child is struggling with one or all of these skills?

As a school psychologist, I’ve worked with hundreds of children and teens with ADHD and executive functioning disorders on improving vital EF skills at school. One piece that was always missing was supporting parents, who want practical tools to support EF at home. That’s why I wrote this book! In this hands-on guide, you'll learn what EF difficulties look like and how you can help your child overcome these challenges.

The Classroom Mystery

By Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ana Sanfelippo (illustrator),

Book cover of The Classroom Mystery: A Book about ADHD

This picture book for elementary-aged students is a great one because it helps shift the focus of ADHD as a “deficit” to a potential strength. I’m a big believer in educating children with ADHD and executive functioning about how their brain works differently, which can sometimes be a good thing! This book can be read to students with or without ADHD and includes a page of discussion questions to build awareness and empathy for students with ADHD.


Who am I?

Is there a Japanese or Dutch word for "One who loves to geek out on organizational strategies, productivity (and post-its) SO MUCH they focus their career on it?" If there is, um......that's me. I'm Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, and I've been a school psychologist and collector of practical strategies to support students with executive functioning challenges for over 20 years. As the author of The Everything Parents Guide to Executive Functioning and creator of the “How to Teach Children and Teens Executive Functioning Skills” masterclass, my passion is to help kids figure out how they learn, what's getting in the way of their potential, and what to do about it!


I wrote...

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

By Rebecca Branstetter,

Book cover of The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

What is my book about?

Being organized. Staying focused. Controlling impulses and emotions. These are some of the basic executive functioning (EF) skills children need to function and succeed as they grow. But what can you do if your child is struggling with one or all of these skills?

As a school psychologist, I’ve worked with hundreds of children and teens with ADHD and executive functioning disorders on improving vital EF skills at school. One piece that was always missing was supporting parents, who want practical tools to support EF at home. That’s why I wrote this book! In this hands-on guide, you'll learn what EF difficulties look like and how you can help your child overcome these challenges.

Self-Reg

By Stuart Shanker,

Book cover of Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life

Dr. Stuart Shanker is the rock star of Self-Regulation; what he doesn’t know about children is not worth knowing. This book lifts the lid on the many hidden and surprising sources of stress for children, and the impact stress has on their mind, behaviour, and nervous system. Packed with stories of the children he has treated and families he has helped and peppered with facts about the brain and nervous system, this book helps parents discover what could be causing their children’s behavioural, emotional, and learning problems. Best of all, it offers concrete steps parents can take to help children develop their self-regulation skills and successfully engage with life.


Who am I?

My passion for children’s welfare began as a psychology undergraduate over 30 years ago and burns just as fiercely today. As a trainer and author, I share with parents and professionals recent advances in research that reveal the small but powerful steps adults can take to help children flourish and thrive. This requires letting go of outdated and harmful views of children and offering them the tender care and guidance they need to come to believe that they are loved, worthy and capable. I absolutely believe that by taking these steps together we can build a more harmonious and loving society.


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Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best

By Anni Gethin, Beth Macgregor,

Book cover of Helping Your Baby to Sleep: Why Gentle Techniques Work Best

What is my book about?

Raising a baby is tiring work! Especially in cultures where parents have little family support. This - combined with the West’s zeal for independence and self-reliance - has led many ‘experts’ to espouse that babies should self-settle and sleep for long periods without assistance. Parents of babies who don’t meet these expectations often feel pressure to ‘teach good sleep habits’ by leaving their babies to cry – a distressing experience for babies and parents.

Our book offers a more realistic understanding of the developmental and emotional vulnerabilities which can make independent sleep hard for young children. Endorsed by the world’s leading Infant Mental Health Specialists, it also offers tips, advice, and encouragement for tired parents who want to support healthy sleep habits.

Lost at School

By Ross W. Greene,

Book cover of Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them

I’ve been a huge fan of Ross Greene’s work for a long time because he is changing the way parents and educators look at children with behavioral challenges. His powerful motto, “Kids do well when they can” is a call for teaching lagging executive skills, instead of punishing kids for having executive functioning challenges. Instead of thinking of a child with ADHD as being a “behavior problem” or “unmotivated”, Dr. Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps parents and educators focus on the true factors contributing to challenging behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids.


Who am I?

Is there a Japanese or Dutch word for "One who loves to geek out on organizational strategies, productivity (and post-its) SO MUCH they focus their career on it?" If there is, um......that's me. I'm Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, and I've been a school psychologist and collector of practical strategies to support students with executive functioning challenges for over 20 years. As the author of The Everything Parents Guide to Executive Functioning and creator of the “How to Teach Children and Teens Executive Functioning Skills” masterclass, my passion is to help kids figure out how they learn, what's getting in the way of their potential, and what to do about it!


I wrote...

The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

By Rebecca Branstetter,

Book cover of The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Executive Functioning Disorder: Strategies to help your child achieve the time-management skills, ... needed to succeed in school and life

What is my book about?

Being organized. Staying focused. Controlling impulses and emotions. These are some of the basic executive functioning (EF) skills children need to function and succeed as they grow. But what can you do if your child is struggling with one or all of these skills?

As a school psychologist, I’ve worked with hundreds of children and teens with ADHD and executive functioning disorders on improving vital EF skills at school. One piece that was always missing was supporting parents, who want practical tools to support EF at home. That’s why I wrote this book! In this hands-on guide, you'll learn what EF difficulties look like and how you can help your child overcome these challenges.

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