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Unstuck and On Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research Edition Pap/Cdr Edition

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"Teachers and therapists alike, take note: You have in your hands the means by which you'll be able to address IEP and clinical goals. This is going to be your go-to manual, when you haven't lent it out!" --Glenis Benson, Ph.D.

About the Author


Lynn Cannon, M.Ed., is a special education coordinator at the Ivymount School. She is responsible for helping to develop and oversee the social learning and academic curriculum for the lower and middle school students at Ivymount School. Ms. Cannon is the director of Take2 Summer Camp, a program designed to develop interaction skills and social thinking in children ages 8–12. Prior to her work at Ivymount School Lynn was a classroom teacher at the Lab School of Washington, in Washington DC. Ms. Cannon has been a major contributor to the development of the intervention. She has led all of the data collection, the implementation of the intervention and the training of the teachers in the pilot feasibility and development trial.



Lauren Kenworthy is the Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Medical Center and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Neurology, The George Washington University Medical School. She has specialized in the neuropsychological assessment of children with social learning disorders and executive dysfunction for over 15 years. In addition, Dr. Kenworthy has published over 20 peer reviewed papers investigating autism and executive function, as well as developing the most widely used assessment tool in the field, the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF; Gioia, Isquith, Guy, & Kenworthy, 2000).



For over 10 years, Katie C. Alexander has dedicated her work to serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), their families, and the professionals who support them. Katie is an occupational therapist who has conducted research on cognitive behavioral intervention for adolescents with Asperger's Disorder and has provided trainings and presentations both nationally and at the state level. Recently, Katie served as the founding program director for the Model Asperger Program at Ivymount School (MAP), where she led the development and implementation of a model, evidence-based educational programming, including intervention targeting social competency, positive behavior supports, and executive function. Katie has since authored two textbook chapters and continues to develop programming for individuals with ASD and participate in the research collaboration between the Ivymount School and Children's National Medical Center.



Monica Adler Werner, M.S., is the Director of the Model Asperger Program (MAP) at the Ivymount School. In that capacity she has spearheaded the development of a social learning curriculum that emphasizes problem solving, self advocacy and self regulation. Ms Werner has been a major contributor to the development of the intervention. In addition, she is a co-founder of Take2 Summer Camp, a program designed to develop social thinking, problem solving and skills. She also serves as an ad hoc public reviewer of NIMH autism grants.



Dr. Laura Anthony is a clinical and developmental psychologist at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences (GWU). She leads the intervention program at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, an active interdisciplinary evaluation, treatment, research and training clinic. Dr. Anthony has expertise in developing clinical interventions and over 20 years of extensive experience in studying and treating behavioral rigidities (executive dysfunction) and stereotyped behaviors in children with developmental disorders. In addition, she and Dr. Kenworthy were awarded an ASD supplement to CNMC's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders program to provide interdisciplinary training in the evaluation, treatment and research with children with ASD.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; Pap/Cdr edition (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598572032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598572032
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a clinical psychologist working primarily with children on the autism spectrum, I have found this book to be incredibly helpful for my patients and their families. The book is filled with exercises and activities that are easy to put into practice for not only clinicians, but also parents and teachers. The activities are tailored specifically for children on the autism spectrum - meaning they feature simplified language, lots of pictures and hands-on exercises, easy-to-teach "scripts" (my favorite is the "Plan A versus Plan B"), and many activities that are actually quite engaging and fun for the kids. It's not one of those books that drones on and on about theory - this is all about practical ways to help kids who have problems with flexibility. Overall, a wonderful resource that I keep coming back to- highly recommend!
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This is a well-written and well-organized workbook directed to teachers, but very applicable to therapists who are looking to teach and support executive skills to (~8-11 year-old) children. Although the primary focus is for high functioning autism spectrum disorders, it is also very helpful for children with ADHD, Anxiety-related disorders and other neuropsychological difficulties. As noted on the title, the primary focus is flexibility and organization/planning skills. It is not intended for children with intellectual disabilities or children with significant language disorders.

This practical book contains a state-of-the-art curriculum developed by experts in the field, including special ed teachers, psychologists, neuropsychologists, therapists and parents of children with high-functioning ASDs. It integrates the scientific knowledge of how executive dysfunction and social learning disorders overlaps to cause behavioral and learning challenges. A nice aspect is that they promote the inclusion of the parents participation to truly help children succeed with their executive skills.

I am a neuropsychologist, and I work primarily as a clinician and a professor. I have seen the implementation of this curriculum in children with High Functioning ASDs with amazing success. In addition, my OT and SLP colleagues have also used chapters of this book with great results with out children.

Overall, I congratulate the authors at both Ivymount School and the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children's National Medical Center for such a great contribution to the academic and clinical field.
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This book has helped me on so many levels help my son who has autism. I can take him shopping or take him to school; have him try new foods at a restaurant and even have him do something totally off his schedule and not have the meltdown explosive behaviors that he use to have. One of the things that this book teaches is that if I want him to be more flexible then I have to model what that looks like for him. I've learned to help him realize that when he is stuck that there are coping strategies that he can use. My son is so much more relaxed and I am so proud of how he is able to breathe and calm himself down rather quickly.

I recommend this book to anyone who has a child in need of being more flexible and goal directed!!
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Unstuck & On Target is a superb resource for parents, teachers and others. It will excite and inspire those with 20 years of experience as well as those who are in the earliest stages of their career or parenting. It's new stuff and highly practical. And it's a particular pleasure that these approaches grounded in science are explained in a manner that is so accessible, respectful and good-humored.
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This is a FUN and helpful book with activities for children to improve their flexibility and planning skills. It's easy to implement and has made a dramatic difference in students' behaviors!! I also have to admit that it has helped ME be more understanding, empathic, and flexible. Pay particular attention to the introduction section, which contains a great summary of research on ASD and executive functions!
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This book showed me how to teach flexibility and staying on task with fun activities. It has powerful scripts that help kids shift gears when they are stuck. It also has great lesson plans for teaching basic coping skills. I really appreciated the humor and clarity of this curriculum, which could be used by teachers, therapists, parents and others.
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I don't like this for home use. I have an autistic son and this is more like a textbook to be used in a classroom. I see little use for it at the home. It should be specified that this is a classroom teaching aid.
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I work with children with various diagnoses. Although the program is developed primarily for students with autism spectrum disorders, I find it extremely helpful for anyone who has problems with flexibility and goal-directed behavior. The manual is easy to understand and use. The scripts and exercises are very helpful and well-liked by the children I work with. It's fun! This is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, and professionals!
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