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Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple Ways to Get Kids With Autism Unstuck & on Target

Lauren Kenworthy, PhD, Laura Gutermuth Anthony, PhD, Katie C. Alexander, MS, OTR, Monica Adler Werner, MA, Lynn Cannon, MEd, and Lisa Greenman, JD

Teaches children with ASD how to be flexible, get organized, and work toward goals
Age range:
5 years to 14 years
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

This practical guide shows how to embed executive function instruction into dozens of everyday scenarios, from morning routines to getting homework done.

Designed for therapists, teachers, and parents, these highly effective techniques give children with ASD the skills they need to navigate each day, reach their goals, and succeed outside the classroom.

Solving Executive Function Challenges willl help you:

  • Understand why executive function is important and why it's challenging for children with ASD.
  • Teach flexibility, goal setting, and organization—three skills critical to success.
  • Use consistent scripts and key words to help children process your message.
  • Model desired behaviors and fade your guidance and children generalize skills.
  • Provide simple, effective visual cues that keep kids unstuck and on target.
  • Keep learning fun, with tips on creative, playful ways to teach executive function skills.


The guide offers dozens of specific, easy-to-do examples, "Goal, Plan, Do, Check" scripts, and worksheets that break down tasks into small, achievable chunks.