A brain-based approach to helping kids stay focused and achieve.
Poor executive function (EF) in the brain can mean behavioral and attentional problems in school. This book explains to professionals and parents how EF develops in kids, what EF difficulties look like, and what creative and effective interventions can meet their needs.
Executive functions involve mental processes such as:
- Working memory–holding several pieces of information in mind while we try to do something with them–for example, understand and solve a problem or carry out a task.
- Response inhibition–inhibiting actions that interfere with our intentions or goals.
- Shifting focus–interrupting an ongoing response in order to direct attention to other aspects of a situation that are important for goal attainment.
- Cognitive flexibility–generating alternative methods of solving a problem or reaching a goal.
- Self-monitoring–checking on one's own cognitions and actions to assure that they are in line with one's intentions.
- Goal Orientation–creating and carrying out a multi-step plan for achieving a goal in a timely fashion, keeping the "big picture" in mind.
Part I Understanding Executive Function
Chapter 1 Self-Regulation: Why It Matters
Chapter 2 A Framework for Understanding Executive Function
Chapter 3 A Look at Executive Function in the Everyday Lives of Children
Part II Executive Function: A Developmental Perspective
Chapter 4 A Natural Developmental Progression: How Self-Regulation is Internalized
Chapter 5 Nature and Nurture: Understanding the Zone of Proximal Development
Chapter 6 Maintaining a Developmental Perspective: Understanding the Needs of Children with EF Difficulties
Part III Interventions that Support Executive Function
Chapter 7 The Mental Health Clinician as Facilitator
Chapter 8 Case Example: Amanda
Chapter 9 Case Example: Marcus
Chapter 10 Case Example: Simon
Chapter 11 Case Example: Jon