If you would like some further reading materials and resources about Executive Skill Functioning, the marvels of the teenage brain, or tips on learning, please check out a few of our favorites below. Our hope is that you use some of these amazing sites to help support your child with their executive functioning challenges.


General Information About Executive Skills & Academic Coaching


Website - Smart But Scattered Kids.com 

"In over 30 years of clinical practice, Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are weak executive skills, and through their writing and now this website, they spotlight these skills that are critical for school and life success." For more information, visit their site. 


Website - Understood.org

A fantastic resource that compiles the work of NCLD (National Center for Learning Disabilities) and 14 other non-profits who have been developing a new digital destination for parents of children with learning and attention issues. 


What is Executive Function?  Find out - HERE


Executive Function 101 Handbook for Parents - HERE


Article - Executive Function: A New Lens for Viewing Your Child HERE


Article - Organizing for Boys: What Parents Need to Know HERE

Activities for Developing Your Child's Executive Functioning Skills HERE

TED Talk - Understanding the Mystery of the Adolescent Mind - Dr. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore - HERE


Frontline Documentary - Inside the Teenage Brain - HERE

This documentary chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers. 


Recommended Books for Parents


Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning 

by Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D. HERE


Boys Adrift 

by Dr. Leonard Sax - HERE


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business 

by Charles Duhigg - HERE


Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary 'Executive Skills' Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

By Drs. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare - HERE


Executive Skills in Children & Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment & Intervention 

By Drs. Peg Dawson & Richard Guare - HERE


A Mind At A Time 

Dr M. Levine - HERE


Scattered Minds: The Origins & Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder 

by Dr. Gabor Mate - HERE


Why Do They Act That Way?: A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen

by Dr David Walsh - HERE


This is a comprehensive list of titles put together by Alberta Health Services.


Alberta Heath Services Community Education Services

Sessions on various topics, open to all adults and free. HERE

Required Reading for Parents of Kids with ADHD

Funding (scholarships and awards) for kiddos with LD’s and/ ADHD


Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta


Jessica McCabe tells us the story of her life. Once a gifted child with a bright future, who later lives a life of constant failures, because of one thing - her ADHD diagnosis. Until one thing changed everything and she realized, that she is not alone. Her Youtube  channel HowtoADHD is dedicated to helping not only people with ADHD, but also their parents, partners and teachers and to remind them, that they are not alone.


 frustrationconfusion about your child’s future. As a parent of a child with learning and attention issues, you may have felt one (or all) of these emotions.

~ from Understood dot org