No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive Control--The Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive

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Penguin, Sep 2, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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From the cutting edge of brain science, eight crucial skills for children?s future success?now in paperback.

From a clinical psychologist who has devoted his clinical and research work to the study of executive control skills, here is a program for helping children master the eight essential cognitive skills that are critical for success in life in work:

? Taking initiative ? Screening out distractions

? Organizing ? Thinking flexibly

? Planning ? Regulating emotions

? Self-monitoring ? Using memory effectively

Using case studies and anecdotes, Dr. Cox presents a comprehensive and practical plan for parents. The book addresses special-needs children as well as neurotypical children, and includes practical suggestions for parents and educators.

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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 ... Read full review


What Is Factor Ex?
The Eight Pillars of Executive Control
A Revolution in How We Think About Thinking
Proximity and Familiarity Make Small Differences Visible
Why Didnt Somebody Tell Me?
What Is a Capable Brain?
How Can I Assess My Childs Executive Thinking Skills?
A World of Possibilities
Working Memory Helps Activate Social Minds
Not Again
Beware of Misinterpreting Working Memory Difficulties
Some Information Has More Memory Appeal
Review and Remind
Finding the Path That Optimizes Working Memory
Words Face and Hands
Who Am I?

Minds Idle at More Than One Speed
What Does Capable Really Imply?
The Common Thread of Special Needs
School Readiness
Lets Get to Work
We Begin by Thinking About Thinking
Effectively Coaching SecondTier Thinking
Putting First Things First
Keeping Time in Mind
AccomplishmentThe Secret Ingredient in SelfEsteem
Can Flexible Thinking Actually Be Measured?
Hurry Up Slow Down Hurry Up Slow Changing Gears for Lifes Rhythms
Our Brains Have a Gear Shift
Over Here No Over Here Hey Over Here Learning to Change Channels
Using Play to Strengthen Flexible Thinking
Fear of Change
Attention Is an Important Component of Executive Control
Purposeful Inattention vs Disinhibition
What Is the Payoff for Paying Attention?
HyperactivityImpulsivity Connection
Anxiety Attacks Attention
Managing Time Planning and Space Organization
Three Elements of Effective Planning
Planning Builds a Social Mind Too
Emotional Obstacles to Living the Considered Life
Whoa Child Overboard
Organizing Young Minds
The Advantages of a Chunky Mind
Theory of Mind
How Others See Me
Emotions Are Dispatched to the Executive Brain
Orchestrating Emotions With the Executive Brain
Some Emotional Problems Overpower the Executive Brain
Three Key Challenges
How to Coach Emotional Ups and Downs
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Schooled Emotions
Collaborating With Schools
A Family United
Explaining About the Conductor
Let Harmony Linger

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Adam J. Cox is a licensed and board certified clinical psychologist. While working as a fine artist near New York City in the 1980s, he opened a studio and welcomed children who wanted to learn how to draw and paint. This experience introduced him to the joy and creativity of mentoring children, which developed into his career as a family psychologist. Currently, as an advocate for children's mental health, he is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences, where he has had the privilege of meeting many parents and teachers committed to the emotional well-being of children.

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