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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890627844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627843
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drs. Cooper-Kahn and Dietzel have filled a very important need for parents-- putting the essential concepts of the executive functions into practical words and actions. They have written a book that families have been asking about for years. This practical guide will be a tremendous help to children, teens, and young adults as they learn the key skills to better manage their learning and problem-solving. --Gerard Gioia, Ph.D., Director, Neuropsychology, Children s National Medical Center

Here we have [one of the] first practical manuals for parents that is replete with realistic, science-based, and compassionate recommendations for helping children and young adults weak executive abilities. The authors are to be congratulated for their straightforward, clear, and concise presentation of the material, and their litany of parental recommendations for making accommodations and for managing and improving the self-regulation problems of children.
--Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

In their powerful and thoughtful book, Drs. Cooper-Kahn and Dietzel have hit a home run for the team of parents and children dealing with organizational issues! This extremely well-written and wide-ranging book will inevitably become the go to guide for parents of children of all ages as they deal with the common problems of following directions, completing work, and monitoring their behavior.
--Patricia O. Quinn, MD , Developmental Pediatrician, Washington, DC, Author of Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD

Few adults may know the clinical definition of executive functioning, but parents and educators who interact with a child (or adult) with developmental delays can easily relate to words like disorganized, chronically late, forgetful or impulsive. The label might be Asperger s or ADHD or learning disabilities. These are the often bright kids who seem to never be able to corral their knowledge to meet deadlines or specific assignments. Homework? No problem. Turning it in--well, that s another story. Science lab project? An easy A, if only he didn t leave it to the very last minute to complete.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared delves deeply into the world of executive functioning skills, explaining their role in learning and in critical life skills: time management, impulse control (in words and deeds), cognitive flexibility, and initiation, planning and organizing, among others. Part I of the book widens understanding about EF skills in general, including assessing your child or student s abilities. Part II, the what you can do about it section is page after page of positive strategies, highly practical tips and case studies that cement concepts and learning. A well-organized, well-written book that s sure to become a well-used addition to your home or professional library. --Autism Asperger's Digest, January/February 2009 --Autism Asperger's Digest, January/February 2009

Few adults may know the clinical definition of executive functioning, but parents and educators who interact with a child (or adult) with developmental delays can easily relate to words like disorganized, chronically late, forgetful or impulsive. The label might be Asperger s or ADHD or learning disabilities. These are the often bright kids who seem to never be able to corral their knowledge to meet deadlines or specific assignments. Homework? No problem. Turning it in--well, that s another story. Science lab project? An easy A, if only he didn t leave it to the very last minute to complete.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared delves deeply into the world of executive functioning skills, explaining their role in learning and in critical life skills: --Gerard Gioia, Ph.D., Director, Neuropsychology, Children s National Medical Center

Few adults may know the clinical definition of executive functioning, but parents and educators who interact with a child (or adult) with developmental delays can easily relate to words like disorganized, chronically late, forgetful or impulsive. The label might be Asperger s or ADHD or learning disabilities. These are the often bright kids who seem to never be able to corral their knowledge to meet deadlines or specific assignments. Homework? No problem. Turning it in--well, that s another story. Science lab project? An easy A, if only he didn t leave it to the very last minute to complete.

Late, Lost, and Unprepared delves deeply into the world of executive functioning skills, explaining their role in learning and in critical life skills: time management, impulse control (in words and deeds), cognitive flexibility, and initiation, planning and organizing, among others. Part I of the book widens understanding about EF skills in general, including assessing your child or student s abilities. Part II, the what you can do about it section is page after page of positive strategies, highly practical tips and case studies that cement concepts and learning. A well-organized, well-written book that s sure to become a well-used addition to your home or professional library. --Autism Asperger's Digest, January/February 2009

Drs. Cooper-Kahn and Dietzel have filled a very important need for parents-- putting the essential concepts of the executive functions into practical words and actions. They have written a book that families have been asking about for years. This practical guide will be a tremendous help to children, teens, and young adults as they learn the key skills to better manage their learning and problem-solving. --Gerard Gioia, Ph.D., Director, Neuropsychology, Children s National Medical Center

About the Author

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D., a clinical child psychologist, specializes in helping children to successfully manage developmental challenges. Using her expertise in the assessment and treatment of learning, attention, and social-emotional difficulties, she works with children, families, and educators to build children's competencies. Dr. Cooper-Kahn is the co-founder of Psychological Resource Associates, a private mental health practice in Severna Park, Maryland. She is the parent of an adult son with AD/HD and executive skills weaknesses.

Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in neuropsychological assessment and the diagnosis of AD/HD, learning disabilities, PDD, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Dietzel is currently in private practice with a focus on testing, training, and consultation at Dietzel, Butler & Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland, which she co-founded. She provides local and national continuing education workshops for mental health and educational professionals.


More About the Author

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and co-author of the award-winning book, Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning. That book introduced readers to her enthusiasm, expertise and straightforward guidance on ways to help youth with ADHD and executive functioning weaknesses.

Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom, co-authored with Learning Specialist Margaret Foster, brings the same clarity and practical approach to the school setting.

Dr. Cooper-Kahn is the co-founder of Psychological Resource Associates, a private mental health practice in Severna Park, Maryland. She specializes in clinical services, consultation and professional training regarding the needs of children with learning, behavioral and emotional challenges.

Customer Reviews

I found this book to be very helpful.
AK Grandma
This book should be required reading for all teachers, parents, educational therapists...anyone who works with children in an educational setting!
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Unlike some books on similar topics, this book is very easy to read and understand.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By M. Lynch on December 22, 2008
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This book was recommended by my daughter's teacher. It's purpose is to help parents work with children with executive functioning weakneses. These include difficulties in initiating or completing tasks or assignments, problems with organizing tasks and time managment issues. As a parent, you may find something about yourself in there as well!
Unlike some books on similar topics, this book is very easy to read and understand. It also includes basic advice for parents of teens. It is filled with practical suggestions and it guides you directly to the recommendations that apply to your situation. It is a good starting point for parents who are wondering how they can help their child or teen succeed in school. However, if you consider yourself well read on the topic, it is unlikely to add much to your knowledge.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Foster on November 22, 2008
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Now we have a guide to executive functioning that we can read, mark, dog-ear and rely on over and over again. As a learning specialist for over 30 years, I will use the definitions and assessments chapters to remind myself of the nuances of executive functioning in different learners. I will recommend the family sections for those who are struggling with those issues. And the bulk of the book "What Can You Do About It" will be dog-eared and used over and over again with students, teachers and parents as a reminder of effective interventions and accommodations. "Late, Lost, and Unprepared" has a strong research and clinical base, combined with a friendly style. It is THE book to own on executive functioning.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ausomemom33 on October 13, 2009
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Every school teacher should read this book. It gives great insight into the behaviors many students exhibit that frustrate teachers most. As an adult with executive function delays, I found many of the skills and approaches the authors suggested to teachers working with students with this issue, to be the kind of treatment I wish I would have gotten from teachers when I was growing up.
As a parent of a child with AD/HD and executive function delays, The tips and suggestions for parents have begun a dramatic change for the better in both my own and my son's life. Thank you, authors, for writing this book. Thank you Amazon for making it available.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott G on June 4, 2010
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I checked this book out of the library on a friend's recommendation and liked it well enough to buy it. The authors use clear, concise language to describe executive function (or lack thereof) and offer useful strategies while recognizing that every individual comes to the table with a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. As the parent of two with PDD/ADHD, I have read extensively on both disorders and came to realize that no easy cookie-cutter solutions exist. What worked with one child often did not work with the other, and progress (and we saw remarkable progress over time) was incremental.

Perhaps the best thing about the book was its accessibility to those outside the medical profession. Others have commented, and I agree, that those who've been in the trenches for awhile will be familiar with most of what's presented. For those new to the diagnosis (or any that involves deficits in executive function)and for teachers and caretakers, the book is a marvelous introduction. I will be reprinting one page for distribution to teachers at my child's back-to-school staffing, because the passage describes my child perfectly.

An excellent reference book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Dillman on August 28, 2013
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I am a senior with ADD who just learned the reason I struggled with many things all my life was related to my ADD.
Other books mention executive function which amounts to explaining the way the ADD brain may
process information, retain it, retrieve it. Also the time it takes to do this compared to a person without ADD.
This book takes a look at various ages and activities which may indicate problem areas. Then thoughts about
dealing with them. And I can verify that the title is exactly the way an ADD person feels a lot of the time. Even
though you try like crazy!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 9, 2009
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Attention Deficit Disorders are abundant in many children, but how to deal with them? "Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning" is a guide for parents when dealing with a child who suffers from Attention Deficit Disorder or related disorders, with some advice even dealing with severities such as autism. Focusing both on the short and long term, "Late, Lost, and Unprepared" is a manual that parents need for their special needs child.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By 2Kerole on May 20, 2011
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This book was not worth my time or money. It mainly teaches the reader how to talk to their child in a respectful, effective way. The information is just like that written in a thousand other parenting books. A much better one is How To Talk So Your Kids Will Listen and Listen So Your Kids Will Talk.

Late, Lost and Unprepared is basic parenting communication 101, what I needed was a way to help my child to self regulate, be able to take responsibility for time management, and help with orgainizing with a child in mind. This book didn't provide what I needed.

There was no additional information that helped with skills regarding time management, getting things done, or other executive functioning skills.
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