Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents

A Practical Guide to Assessment and Interventions
Third Edition
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781462535316
Item Number: 8527


Many tens of thousands of school practitioners and K–12 teachers have benefited from the step-by-step guidelines and practical tools in this influential go-to resource, now revised and expanded with six new chapters.

The third edition presents effective ways to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses, create supportive instructional environments, and promote specific skills, such as organization, time management, sustained attention, and emotional control. Strategies for individualized and class-wide intervention are illustrated with vivid examples and sample scripts.

In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the book includes 35 reproducible forms and handouts. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

  • Chapter with guidance and caveats for developing Individual Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS).
  • Chapters on working with students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Three guest-authored chapters describing exemplary schoolwide applications.
  • More student centered—provides a template for involving children in intervention decision making.
  • Fully updated with the latest developments in the field.


“I thought the second edition was wonderful, but am blown away by the third edition. It contains systematic methods, case studies, and checklists for enhancing executive skills of children from early childhood through adolescence. The book emphasizes an essential multi-tiered continuum of prevention and supports for students with and without disabilities. Updated and expanded chapters on assessment, instruction, and intervention integrate how-to procedures with current research advances. Notable new chapters focus on children with autism and ADHD; several chapters written by teachers apply executive skill concepts to whole-school approaches. This is the most comprehensive and useful resource about executive skills available. It is indispensable as a text for university courses and a resource for education and mental health professionals.”

Patti L. Harrison, PhD, School Psychology Program (Emeritus), University of Alabama

“This is an essential read for all educators, from the novice teacher to the seasoned veteran. Dawson and Guare provide a fresh lens through which to assess student performance, curriculum design, implementation, and interventions. The prior edition completely changed our conversations with students, parents, and other educators. We have a concrete, value-free common language to identify student strengths and weaknesses that we use to work toward a shared goal of success. The third edition details the process that elementary and secondary teachers are currently using to integrate research-based theory into their daily classroom routines. It includes examples (and resource materials!) showing how to build an executive functioning culture in your classroom and school.”

Molly J. Flatley, MEd, Special Education Department Chair, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia

  1. Overview of Executive Skills
  2. Assessing Executive Skills
  3. Linking Assessment to Intervention
  4. Interventions to Promote Executive Skills
  5. Specific Teaching Routines to Promote Executive Skills Development
  6. Interventions for Specific Executive Skills Domains
  7. Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits
  8. Executive Skills Interventions within a Response-to-Intervention Framework
  9. Applications to Specific Populations
  10. Planning for Transitions

Appendix: Reproducible Forms

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