1st Edition

The Impulsive, Disorganized Child Solutions for Parenting Kids With Executive Functioning Difficulties

By James W. Forgan, Mary Anne Richey Copyright 2015
    280 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    Impulsive, scattered, lost, unfocused, unprepared, disorganized: These are just a few of the words used to describe kids with executive functioning deficits, which commonly affect many children already diagnosed with ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism. The Impulsive, Disorganized Child: Solutions for Parenting Kids with Executive Functioning Difficulties helps parents pinpoint weak executive functions in their children, then learn how to help their kids overcome these deficits with practical, easy solutions. Children who can't select, plan, initiate, or sustain action toward their goals are children who simply struggle to succeed in school and other aspects of life. Parents need the helpful, proven advice and interactive surveys and action plans in this book to empower them to take positive action to teach their disorganized, impulsive child to achieve independence, success, and a level of self-support.

    Introduction Chapter 1 The Big Deal About Executive Functioning Chapter 2 General Support for Executive Functioning Difficulties Chapter 3 Holding Back Impulses Chapter 4 Keeping Information in Working Memory Chapter 5 Shifting, Being Flexible, and Regulating Emotion Chapter 6 Focusing and Self-Monitoring Chapter 7 Not Just Ordinary Organizing Chapter 8 Managing Time Chapter 9 Taking Action Chapter 10 Sustaining Effort Chapter 11 Planning, Problem Solving, Goal Setting, and Using Critical Thinking Chapter 12 Children With Two Homes Chapter 13 Looking Forward


    Jim Forgan, Ph.D., is an associate professor and Licensed School Psychologist. He teaches others how to teach and assess children with ADHD and other types of learning disabilities at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter, FL. In private practice, he works with families of children with ADHD and other learning differences. Jim consults with public and private schools doing workshops on ADHD, dyslexia, problem solving, and accommodations for learning disabilities. He is also the parent of a young son with ADHD.  Mary Anne is a licensed school psychologist in private practice. She also has experience as a middle school teacher, administrator, high school guidance counselor, and adjunct college instructor.

    If you are a parent looking for straight-forward solutions to help your disorganized child, this incredibly user-friendly resource is the guidebook you've been seeking. Whether you're tackling issues at home, at school or in the community, Forgan and Richey organize Executive Function challenges so clearly that you can easily target one problem at a time for kids age 4-12—and take immediate action. The “Suggestions for the Teacher” in each chapter are a terrific bonus to copy and share with each year's new school team.,Elaine Taylor-Klaus, CPCC, PCC,ImpactADHD, 3/23/15
    If you have a student, or know a parent who has a child with Executive Function Difficulties, I would highly suggest this book. The authors James Forgan, Ph.D., and Mary Anne Richey have organized this book perfectly. Each chapter is broken down into a short self-reflection survey, details and research about the aspect they are explaining, how to help your child at home, school, in the community, and how to use their strengths and technology. They also have a short list of books that would be good to read with your child that they can relate to, along with suggestions for the classroom teacher. They also include some ideas of apps, and websites that will help your child in various ways.,Jeffrey Shoemaker, Gifted Intervention Specialist, 4/15/15
    I was impressed by the level of research that went into this book. Neuroscience has come a long way in the past several decades. If you are the parent of an impulsive, disorganized child as I was, you will find solace and strategies for coping with your child's behavior.,Lisa Conrad, Gifted Education Advocate, 3/29/15