My 5 Favorite Education Books for Parents

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for books– I just can’t help myself! When it comes to parenting and education, it’s even more true. Throughout my journey as the parent of a special education student and as an educator, a lot of books have passed through my hands, and here are five of my favorites:

Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D. and Brian Willoughby, Ph.D. If you have a child/student with a processing issue (slow processor), this book is a must-have! My middle son is a slow processor, and it takes him A LOT longer than his peers to complete tasks–especially writing assignments. This book was a wonderful resource that really explained in detail why my son and I would often clash. I am a very fast processor, and he is very slow, so you can see where there is a disconnect! One of the suggestions in the book is to slow the pace of your speech and really focus on offering one to-do at a time instead of rattling off a list of items/tasks they need to complete.

Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell M.D. and John J. Ratey M.D. If you or your children/student have ADHD or other challenges with executive functioning, this book is a must-have. There have been several editions of this book and it continues to be a wonderful guide with helpful insights into attention difficulties, as well as tips and tricks for helping to stay focused throughout the day.

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare. This is the book you need if your child struggles with executive functioning. What exactly is executive functioning you may be asking. Think of executive functioning as the conductor of the orchestra in your brain. It’s the skill that coordinates all of the tasks your brain needs to complete and decides which skills are needed and in what priority. This book has some great tips and tricks to incorporate into your child/student’s daily routine to help them develop their executive functioning skills.

The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens by Sharon A. Hansen MSE NBCT. As mentioned above, executive functioning is a huge challenge encountered by students with a variety of different conditions and learning differences. If you’re like me, you like books that give you strategies that you can implement, rather than just explaining the problem! We already know there’s an issue, so let’s figure out how to work on it! While this book is directed more specifically toward teens, Hansen (a school counselor) provides CBT-based activities for the teen (or tween) in your life to get better organized and improve their abilities to store information and communicate effectively.

The Executive Functioning Workbook for Teens: Help for Unprepared, Late, and Scattered Teens by Sharon A. Hansen MSE NBCT. As mentioned above, executive functioning is a huge challenge encountered by students with a variety of different conditions and learning differences. If you’re like me, you like books that give you strategies that you can implement, rather than just explaining the problem! We already know there’s an issue, so let’s figure out how to work on it! While this book is directed more specifically toward teens, Hansen (a school counselor) provides CBT-based activities for the teen (or tween) in your life to get better organized and improve their abilities to store information and communicate effectively.

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