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.

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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

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.

 

 

The Explosive Child: A New  Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross Greene. Provides a new framework for parents to better understand their child’s difficulties. 

 

The Secret Life of the Brain by Alfred David. This book explores the role of fascinating processes such as memory and intelligence in brain development across the life time.

 

 

Calm Parents Happy Kids: The Secrets of Stress Free Parenting by Dr. Laura Markham. This book introduces an approach to parenting that eliminates threats, power struggles and manipulation, in favour of setting limits with empathy and communication.

 

 

Cool Kids Cook: Recipe Book for Kids – Whilst cooking is not only an important life skill but learning to cook uses lots of planning, prioritisation, time-management, working memory and goal-directed persistence. 

 

 

 

Games

 

Scrabble – A classic family word game! This game will boost your child’s organisation, flexibility and time-management executive function skills whilst working on their vocabulary.

 

 

The 5 Second Rule Game – If you have an instinct to act on a goal you must physically move within 5 seconds. Fun for the whole family and boosts time-management and flexibility.

 

 

 

 

Uno – This is a must-have! Strengthens response inhibition, flexibility, emotional control, working memory, self monitoring and planning!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictionary Junior. A great game to boost your child’s flexibility and time-management executive function skills! 

 

 

 

 

 

Storymatic Classic – Great for supporting working memory development – Remembering your point midway through a story of what you wanted out of the kitchen!

 

 

Jenga – A family classic that helps with planning, flexibility and self-control.

 

 

 

 

YOGI – Yoga-inspired cards kit for kids (and grown ups) with countless ways to play. Yoga is proven to improve all executive function skills including working memory, metacognition and sustained attention.

 

 

 

 

Healthy Caterpillar Grow Kit – Gardening uses our three core executive functions; working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility. Perfect for getting your child into gardening before spring arrives!

 

 

 

 

 

Bop it  – A fun classic that supports the development of working memory and response inhibition executive function skills!

 

 

 

 

Piou Piou Card Came – Sharpens observation skills, develops working memory, response inhibition, emotional control and stimulates conversation.

 

 

 

 

Djeco Silhouette Puzzles (4+) – A great gift for any child whilst boosting their sustained attention and goal-directed persistence executive function skills. 

 

 

 

 

 

Djeco Silhouette Puzzles (4+) – A great gift for any child whilst boosting their sustained attention and goal-directed persistence executive function skills. 

 

 

 

 

Monopoly Deal Card Game – Perfect for the whole family! Encourages the development of sustained attention, working memory, flexibility and planning and prioritisation.

 

 

 

 

Asmodee Dobble Card Game for Kids – A visual perception game for 2-8 players which supports the development of emotional control, working memory and response inhibition. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asmodee Dobble Card Game: Classic – A visual perception game suitable for all ages which supports the development of emotional control, working memory and response inhibition. 

 

 

Stationary

 

 

 

 

Weekly Planner Pad – Tear off desktop planning pad with priority and to-do lists, weekly schedule, calendar and habit tracker. Get organised and stay on top your tasks and appointments!

 

 

 

Doodle a Day Journal: 365 Days of Creative Drawing with Prompts – Doodling can help children, teens and adults with attention challenges self-regulated their attention and learn to focus.

 

 

 

Crayola Colouring Book – Perfect for boosting your child’s creativity, goal-directed persistence and sustained attention executive function skills.

 

 

 

 

Learning Resources Time Tracker –  Can help your child manage time more efficiently using alarms ranging from 1 second to 24 hours and visual and audio timers.

 

 

 

 

Adult Mindfulness Colouring Book – Did you know that colouring relaxes the fear center of your brain, a.k.a  the amygdala?  Research has also proven that colouring reduces anxiety and stress. 

 

 

 

10-inch Electronic Drawing Board – Perfect for boosting your child’s creativity and sustained attention executive function skills.

 

 

 

Sensory Support

 

 

Fidget Spinner – Can help to sustain attention and relieve nervous energy, anxiety or psychological distress for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD or ADHD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Blanket – Provides the sensation known as grounding which can calm nerves, anxiety and help with sleep. 

 

 

 

 

 

Fingertip Cube: A Noiseless and  Tactile Sensory Cube – Reduces stress on school and work and can improve concentration when listening, studying, working or brainstorming. Suitable for children and adults!

 

 

 

Rainbow Fidget Cube – Reduces stress on school and work and can improve concentration when listening, studying, working or brainstorming. Suitable for children and adults!

 

 

 

 

Fidget Sensory Toys – Reduces stress on school and work and can improve concentration when listening, studying, working or brainstorming. Suitable for children and adults!

 

 

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.

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.