Reading and Resources

At Connections in Mind we are passionate about raising awareness of executive functions. Below are reading resources we have hand picked for those interested in furthering their knowledge of executive functions or using executive function based resources in their work with people with executive function challenges.

Please note that, at no extra cost to you, we may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases you make by following these links.

Recommended Books

Smart but scattered teens

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential  by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson and Colin Guare Published by Guilford Press


Smart but Scattered

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare Published by Guilford Press


Smart but scattered guide to success

Smart but Scattered Guide to Success: How to Use Your Brain’s Executive Skills to Keep Up, Stay Calm, & Get Organized at Work & at Home by P. Dawson & R. Guare Published by Guilford Press


Smart but Scattered–and Stalled: 10 Steps to Help Young Adults Use Their Executive Skills to Successfully Leave the Nest by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare Published by Guilford Press


Coaching Students

The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools: Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits by Richard Guare, Peg Dawson and Colin Guare Published by Guilford Press



Mindset – Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential by Dr Carol S. Dweck. Dr Dweck has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.


The Incredible Teenage Brain: Everything You Need to Know to Unlock Your Teen’s Potential by Bettina Hohnen, Jane Gilmour & Tara Murph with foreward by Sarah Jayne Blakemore


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind by Dr. T Payne Bryson & Dr. D Siegel. How a child’s brain is wired and how it matures


Messy: How To Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World  by Tim Harford, English economist for the Financial Times. Full of counterintuitions and clever insights. It’s a must read.


Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dhal. After a big meltdown, Little Monkey goes to his room to learn some coping strategies to calm down.





Times Fables: Learn your times tables in as little as a week by J. Wilson. Does your child struggle with their multiplication tables? If so, this Time Fables book might help.

Recommended Articles

Recommended External Webinars

  • Dr Peg Dawson, renowned Executive Function expert, offers a range of webinars which we highly recommend for professionals involved in the education sector including teachers, school counsellors and child psychologists. To find out more and to get access to the webinars then please visit here.

Recommended Products

  • OurBoards – We recommend OurBoards for people with hidden disabilities and neurodiversities including those with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety. OurBoards are dry-wipe boards that enable communication, reduce meltdowns, reduce stress, build confidence, support positive behaviour and encourage positive relationships in all areas of life.

Games and Toys

There are a lots of fun ways we can promote executive functions in both children and adults. Here are a few games and activities that we recommend: