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Clinical psychologist Cox's new work is a helpful, if incomplete, guide for anyone who work with children and teenagers, based on what he terms "Factor Ex," "shorthand for the eight pillars of executive control." These eight "thinking skills" are inherently worthy qualities: initiation (the ability to get started on a task), flexibility, attention, organization, planning, working memory (aka short-term memory), self-awareness and emotional regulation (maintaining a sense of "proportion" in one's feelings). Cox devotes a chapter to each skill, explaining clearly what it is, how adults can recognize their child's ability in each and helpful strategies for eliciting improvement. Situation-specific examples are extremely effective, giving readers a concrete sense of each skill's import, and what specifically one can say or do to help develop it. However, Cox's expectations for his charges are extremely high, suggesting that his methods will produce children capable "in multiple environments-on the football field and practicing piano; in the SAT prep course and socializing at the prom"; such a broad spectrum of confidence is a lot to promise, and for many people-let alone children-nearly impossible to achieve. Though he makes occasional nods to the idea of childhood as something other than a prep-for-success regimen, Cox's calls for "wiggle room" could be more insistent and involved; as it is, he leaves the kids little room for self-discovery and simple play.
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About the Author

Adam J. Cox, Ph.D., is a licensed and board-certified clinical psychologist who has devoted his career to the study of Executive Control Skills. He speaks widely at national and international conferences, and has been quoted in the "New York Times," "Philadelphia Inquirer," "Time," "Family Circle," and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Reprint edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #542,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I give thanks daily for Dr. Cox. I am a single working mother with a troubled son. We live in rural south New Jersey and it was very dificult emotionally and travel wise to take my son to doctor after doctor only to get the same old wrong answers about ADHD and pills that did not help him. I was so desperate so I began to search for myself and found Dr. Cox's book No Mind Left Behind. He expalined about some boys needing a slower timeline and lots of verbal support to make things better and suddenly I got up, threw away all the pills and wrong information, and was able to get my child the help he really needed. It was like a searchlight had suddenly turned on in the dark. If you have ever listened to a record played at the wrong speed and then listened to it at the right speed you will know that my son is now doing so well compared to before. I spoke with his teachers and showed them the book and you know what? They listened. My son no longer hates school and the kids in his class have even stopped picking on him because now he has more confidence and has goals that he can attain and build on thanks to Dr. Cox. Other experts make you doubt your child and yourself and I urge you if what you are doing is not working to get off the fence and get this book and really take a hard look at what YOU as a parent know about your child. Dr. Cox's book will tell you how and truly no mind will be left behind. Bless you!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I see my own children and countless others in the pages of this book. It provides all parents and teachers with a much better way to evaluate how our kids learn and what we can specifically do to help them improve their learning power, especially in this visual, fast-paced, techno-saavy age. The clear explanation of "executive skills" provides us a better lens through which to see and understand our children's abilities. Finally, a smart and caring soul who understands neuroscience research gives us new, clear measuring tools (rather than flawed standardized tests!). We all want our kids to reach their full potential for living happy, satisfying lives, and that means nourishing their brains in ways that lead to self-aware, flexible, motivated individuals. This book should be required reading for all teachers and parents! A great read.
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Format: Paperback
As a preschool teacher I found this book to be very illuminating. I've studied quite a bit about executive functioning, but found the authors perspective on the topic to be unique and applicable. I'm usually not a fan of any sort of parenting book as I feel they water down the psychology that their advice is based on for the masses to such an extent it makes it hard to apply in individual situations. This book struck a nice balance in that area. Offering a lot of background on the issue in question, some examples so you know what it looks like, and then strategies for how to improve, and not just cope with the problem. What made this book unique is how the author broke down the 8 pillars of executive control. Instead of just looking at executive function as the ability to plan and pay attention breaking the functions down as he did made it easy to see in a classroom who struggles in certain areas, and I can tell you after reading this book and being able to narrow down on the certain "pillar" related deficits in each child in my room there was an overall improvement in self control and confidence in each child I worked with. I didn't follow all of his advice in the chapters, but with his 8 pillars of "Factor Ex" in mind was able to focus better on the exact needs of each child.

The author also does a great job showing how each pillar effects the overall function of the prefrontal cortex, where executive control is housed in the brain. I especially liked how he related things like inattention, impulsiveness, and organization to emotions and confidence. These two traits are often over important in today's culture, and we focus on these two things to such an extent that we're neglecting the real underlying issues.
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executive function is based on new research showing how different children have different needs and organisational abilities. We would all do well to understand our kids so that we can help them better. Helps top understand ourselves better too!
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I read this book as part of a school book talk. We are planning to introduce the concept of executive control into our district, so this book was a good introduction. It did not give a ton of practical timelines or checklists, and I felt as if the author repeated himself a lot (then again, it's hard not to when so many of the components of executive control overlap). Overall, it did meet our needs of discovering what executive control is and why we need to foster it in our students.
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this is the greatest book it was suggested by a friend and I purchased it and it arrived in perfect condition
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Great Book- Very important info to know to understand why learning gets derailedt
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