Resources for Caregivers



12 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD.

Barkley, Russel A. (2020). 12 Principles for Raising a Child with ADHD. Guilford Press

Description: “This concise guide presents 12 key parenting principles for dealing with common behavioral, emotional, and school challenges.By cultivating a mindset of acceptance and compassion—together with an understanding of the executive function deficits of ADHD—you can strengthen your loving connection with your child and help your whole family thrive.”

Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD

Gallagher, R., Abikoff, H.B., and Spira, E.G. (2014). Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD. New York: Guilford Press.

Description: “This indispensable manual presents an easy-to-implement intervention with proven effectiveness for children with ADHD in grades 3 to 5.”

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD

Solanto, M. (2011). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD. New York: The Guilford Press.

Description: “This highly practical book provides evidence-based strategies for helping adults with ADHD build essential skills for time management, organization, planning, and coping. Each of the 12 group sessions–which can also be adapted for individual therapy–is reviewed in step-by-step detail.”

A good central resource for parents of children with ADHD, somewhat general but an excellent starting place for those learning about a new diagnosis:



A collection of resources for students with dyslexia from experts, stories from others parents, and tools to address learning with dyslexia. 

A central hub for information, resources and links to other organizations that provide support for dyslexia. 

Dyslexia fact sheet

Classroom accommodations on

General Executive Functioning

Aminoff, Michael J, Boller, Francois, and Swaab, Dick F. Handbook of Clinical Neurology

The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder

Branstetter, R. and Palladino, L. (2015). The Conscious Parent’s Guide to Executive Functioning Disorder.

Description: “With the strategies and advice in this guide, you and your child will build sustainable bonds, develop positive behaviors, and improve executive functioning skills for life. And you’ll find that conscious parenting helps create a calm and mindful atmosphere for the whole family, while helping your child feel competent, successful, and healthy.”

Smart but scattered: The revolutionary” executive skills” approach to helping kids reach their potential

Dawson, P., & Guare, R. (2009). Smart but scattered: The revolutionary” executive skills” approach to helping kids reach their potential. Guilford Press.

Description: “There’s nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” child might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there’s a lot you can do to help.”

Development of Executive Functions

Fahy, J. and Richard, G (2017). Development of Executive Functions. Austin, TX: ProEd.

Description: “When executive functions work well, the result is goal-directed behavior that is appropriate to the situation and circumstance. Executive functions are dynamic, interactive, evolving skills, such as goal selection and attainment, planning and organizing, initiation and persistence, flexibility, and self-regulation.”

Action Potential: The Secrets of Superlearners

Mougios, Vivian. Action Potential: The Secrets of Superlearners (2018, electronic; 2019, hard copy). Available on Amazon

Description:…Action Potential examines the power of executive functioning, growth minded thinking and grit as core components to successful learning. The book not only discusses the importance of these competencies, but the timing of their development and their significance within an educational framework.”

Executive Function & Child Development. NY

Yeager, Marcie and Yeager, Daniel (2013). Executive Function & Child Development. NY: Norton

Description: “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 at Home and School: Six Skills Young Learners Need to Succeed

Young, Christina. (2017). Executive Functions at Home and School: Six Skills Young Learners Need to Succeed. Available on Amazon

Description: “A concise workbook for parents and teachers that explores the key executive function skills that allow young learners to thrive and strengthen those skills at home and school.”

This website is an excellent resource in understanding the newest research on EF and the newest scales to measure it: 

EF resource collection, including activities targeting specific age groups to strengthen EF skills: -with-children-from-infancy-to-adolescence/ 

Attitude: What is Executive Function Disorder?

AUDIO: Children’s executive functions and evidence-based activities that improve them: An interview with Adele Diamond, Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Episode #52: 

General Literacy

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading

Beers, K. and Probst, R. (2013). Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading. Portsmouth, NH:

Description: “The close reading strategies in Notice and Note will help you cultivate those critical reading habits that will make your students more attentive, thoughtful, independent readers.”

Psychology Of Learning

Make it stick

Brown, Peter C. (2014). Make it stick : The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Description: “Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier…Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.”

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York

Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Random House.

Description: “In this brilliant book, she [C. Dweck] shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities.”

he power of passion and perseverance. New York

Duckworth, A. (2016). Grit : The power of passion and perseverance. New York: Scribner.

Description: “In this instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed—be it parents, students, educators, athletes, or business people—that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.”



Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers

Palladino, Lucy J. (2015). Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology. Shambhala Publications. Boston: Massachusetts. OL;.PL./

Description: “Are your kids unable to step away from the screens? Here is a practical, step-by-step guide that gives parents the tools to teach children, from toddlers to teens, how to gain control of their technology use.”

Suggested Tools/Materials

Big Life Journal – This is a wonderful resource offering a wide array of books and journals to support EF & Growth Mindset for young children and tweens. Growth Mindset is not internalized overnight, and Big Life Journal has resources to support the ongoing work and practice necessary for children to shift fixed-mindset thinking. The format is fresh and visually appealing, and the printables and activities have proven engaging for my elementary and middle school students. – Excellent web page extension for children with reading disabilities (as well as adults). This extension allows you to change the font of any webpage and uses color coding to help readers read across the screen with ease. – The software will read back to you whatever text you paste in at whatever speed you set it too. Helpful for writing revisions. – The Cornell Note Taking System is a research-based approach to effective note taking. It is particularly helpful for students who struggle with written organization.

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