Unstuck and On Target!

Unstuck and On Target!
An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility, Planning, and Organization
Second Edition
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Unstuck and On Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility, Planning, and Organization

This multicomponent product replaces the book-only item #8568 which appears in our 2019 catalog.


The new complete multicomponent kit is for students with executive function challenges, problems with flexibility and goal-directed behavior that can be a major obstacle to success in school and in life. With the enhanced second edition of this popular curriculum, you'll explicitly teach flexibility, problem solving, coping, and goal setting through fun, field-tested lessons that work for learners with autism, ADHD, and other challenges that affect executive function. A school-based intervention for students ages 8–11, this evidence-based curriculum gives you 21 ready-to-use lessons that boost cognitive flexibility in everyday situations, from compromising with peers to coping with frustration. And now Unstuck and On Target! is much more than a book—it's a complete multicomponent kit that includes the revised curriculum, three classroom posters, two game boards, and more than 50 printables (available online).

Unstuck and On Target! Benefits:

  • Meets the needs of MTSS Tier 2 learners. This proven curriculum is one of the few tailored to the needs of Tier 2 students who need more focused instruction.
  • Gives you explicit, step-by-step routines, activities, and scripts to help students improve executive function skills.
  • Targets the flexibility and planning skills every student needs to learn effectively, reduce stress, get along with others, problem-solve, and more.
  • Can be done in any classroom, by any teacher. Each ready-to-use lesson comes complete with clear instructions, materials lists, and tips for teachers.
  • Makes learning fun with engaging games, role plays, stories, and lively class discussions.
  • Reinforces new skills through 19 Home Practice handouts in English and Spanish (available for download online).

What's New:

  • Now a complete kit, in a convenient package that includes posters, game boards, and access to printable online materials
  • Now appropriate for learners with ADHD and other challenges
  • Tested with teachers and streamlined for user-friendliness
  • Enhanced parent materials, including materials in Spanish
  • Tested with a diverse sample of children and refined to increase student engagement


”Unstuck and on Target! does a remarkable job of translating complex ideas and abstract terminology into concepts and language that make sense to children. It is evident that this curriculum reflects years of hands on experience working with executive skills in the classroom. The user can be assured that every lesson has been tested and refined, leaving a distillation that is accessible and appealing to children and easy for teachers to implement.“

—Peg Dawson, co-author of Smart but Scattered

”Too often, when students have deficits in executive functioning, they are erroneously perceived as having behavior problems. This book is an excellent resource that helps educators fully understand the complexities of executive functioning. Readers are provided with step-by-step instructions for proactively teaching essential skills and coping strategies to support students in overcoming barriers associated with executive functioning challenges.“

—Debra Leach, Professor of Special Education, Director of Winthrop Think College

Table of Contents
About the Authors



Reinforcement System

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Script Practice Throughout the Manual

Topic 1 / Foundational Skills

Lesson 1 / Get to Know You
Activity 1: Code of Conduct
Activity 2: Who Knows Whom?
Handout: All About Me!
Classroom Practice 1
Home Practice 1
Lesson 2 / Introduction to Goal, Why, Plan, Do, Check
Activity 1: Introduction to GWPDC
Activity 2: Wacky GWPDC
Handout: Wacky GWPDC
Classroom Practice 2
Home Practice 2
Lesson 3 / Emotional Identification
Activity 1: Feelings Target
Visual: Feelings Target
Materials: Feelings Target Cards
Activity 2: How Does It Make Me Feel?
Activity 3: Feelings Chain
Visual: Feelings Chain Scenarios
Handout: Feelings Chain Blank
Classroom Practice 3
Home Practice 3
Lesson 4 / What Can You Do to Feel Better
Activity 1: Disappointment and Coping
Handout: Disappointment and Coping
Activity 2: Coping Skills Investigation
Handout: How to Feel Just-Right
Handout: Just-Right Strategies Investigation
Handout: My Mission to Get Back to Just-Right
Handout: Deep Breathing
Activity 3: Strategy Cards
Handout: Strategy Card Examples
Additional Activity: Coping Choices
Classroom Practice 4
Home Practice 4

Topic 1 / Progress Report

Topic 2 / What Is Flexibility?

Lesson 5 / Flexibility Investigation
Activity 1: Flexible vs. Rigid Scavenger Hunt
Activity 2: Flexible Is Faster (and More Efficient)
Classroom Practice 5
Home Practice 5
Lesson 6 / Flexibility
Activity 1: Mystery Word–Flexibility
Handout: Mystery Word 1
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 1 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Flexible
Activity 2: As Flexible as Putty
Handout: Flexible Fun
Handout: Fun Putty Recipe
Classroom Practice 6
Home Practice 6
Lesson 7 / Getting Stuck
Activity 1: Mystery Word–Stuck
Handout: Mystery Word 2
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 2 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Stuck
Activity 2: Flexible/Stuck Role Play
Classroom Practice 7
Home Practice 7

Topic 2 Progress Report

Topic 3 / How to Be Flexible

Lesson 8 / Plan A → Plan B
Activity 1: Mystery Words–Plan A → Plan B
Handout: Mystery Word 3
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 3 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Plan A → Plan B
Activity 2: Speed B
Activity 3: Build a Plan A, B, C
Handout: Build a Plan A, B, C
Classroom Practice 8
Home Practice 8
Lesson 9 / Compromise
Activity 1: Mystery Word–Compromise
Handout: Mystery Word 4
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 4 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Compromise
Activity 2: Compromise Game
Materials: Compromise Game Cards
Classroom Practice 9
Home Practice 9
Lesson 10 / Big Deal/Little Deal
Activity 1: Mystery Words–Big Deal/Little Deal
Handout: Mystery Word 5
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 5 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Big Deal/Little Deal
Activity 2: Big Deal/Little Deal Practice
Materials: Big Deal/Little Deal Cards
Activity 3: Converting Big Deals to Little Deals
Handout: Big Deal/Little Deal Scale
Classroom Practice 10
Home Practice 10
Lesson 11 Choice/No Choice
Activity 1: Mystery Words–Choice/No Choice
Handout: Mystery Word 6
Educator Guide: Mystery Word 6 Key
Handout: Unstuck and On Target! Dictionary–Choice/No Choice
Activity 2: Choice/No Choice Practice
Materials: Choice/No Choice Cards
Classroom Practice 11
Home Practice 11
Lesson 12 Expect the Unexpected
Activity 1: Expect the Unexpected Introduction
Activity 2: Handling the Unexpected Exploration
Educator Guide: Handling the Unexpected Game Rules
Materials: Handling the Unexpected Game Board
Materials: Handling the Unexpected Game Cards
Classroom Practice 12
Home Practice 12

Topic 3 Progress Report

Topic 4 / Why Be Flexible?

Lesson 13 The Advantages of Being Flexible
Activity 1: What to Do When What I Want Is Impossible
Educator Script: My Two Choices
Visual: Group Flexibility Chant
Activity 2: Flexibility Freeway Game
Educator Guide: Flexibility Freeway Game Rules
Materials: Flexibility Freeway Game Board
Materials: Flexibility Freeway Game Cards
Classroom Practice 13
Home Practice 13
Lesson 14 Being Flexible Can Make Good Things Happen
Activity 1: Flexibility Powers
Educator Script: Flexibility Gives You Power Scenarios
Activity 2: Flexible Reputation
Educator Script: Marble Jar: Flexible Reputation Scenarios
Classroom Practice 14
Home Practice 14

Topic 4 / Progress Report

Topic 5 / Your Goals: Getting What You Want

Lesson 15 / Setting and Achieving Goals Using GWPDC
Activity 1: Think Pink–GWPDC
Handout: Think Pink”GWPDC
Classroom Practice 15
Home Practice 15
Lesson 16 / GWPDC Application and Practice
Activity 1: Cereal
Additional Activity: What Is a Target Goal?
Additional Activity: Target Goal Example
Classroom Practice 16
Home Practice 16
Lessons 17 & 18 GWPDC Stations
Activity 1: Plan B Strategies
Activity 2: GWPDC Stations (Optional)
Handout: GWPDC Station 1
Handout: Compromise Station 2
Handout: GWPDC Station 3
Materials: Distractor Game Cards Station 4
Materials: Distractor Game Cards Answer Key Station 4
Materials: Distractor Game Tracking Sheet Station 4
Handout: GWPDC Station 5
Handout: GWPDC Station 5 Scenarios
Classroom Practice 17 & 18
Home Practice 17 & 18
Lesson 19 / Event Planning
Activity 1: Planning a Class Event (Optional)
Classroom Practice 19 & 20
Home Practice 19 & 20
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