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BOOKS

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Cooper-Kahn, J., & Dietzel, L. Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning

Dawson, P., & Guare, R.  Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

Silver, L.  The Misunderstood Child, Fourth Edition: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities

Sleeper-Triplett, J.  Empowering Youth with ADHD: Your Guide to Coaching Adolescents and Young Adults for Coaches, Parents, and Professionals

Randy Kulman, PhD, published by Specialty Press, Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager's Guide to Executive Functions

Ana Homayoun, published by Perigee Books, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life

Martin L. Kutscher, MD and Marcella Moran, published by William Morrow Paperbacks, Organizing the Disorganized Child: Simple Strategies to Succeed in School

Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed, published by Advantage Books, Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework

WEBSITES

ADDitude, www.additudemag.com

LD Online, www.LDonline.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), www.chadd.org

Great Schools, www.greatschools.org

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, www.smartkidswithld.org.

teachigo, www.teachigo.com

Lifehacker, www.lifehacker.com

Time Management Magazine, www.timemanagementmagazine.com

Attention Talk News, www.attentiontalknetwork.com

Conquer College with LD/ADD, www.conquercollegewithld.com

Hallowell Center, www.drhallowell.com

ADD Resources, www.addresources.org

StudyBlue, www.studyblue.com

Advocates for Your Rights, www.yourspecialeducationrights.com

Getting Organized Magazine, www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com

Academic Planner

Order Out of Chaos® “Academic Planner: A Tool For Time Management®”: orderoochaos.com.

Electronic Organizers

 

myHomework: myhomeworkapp.com. An online homework scheduling and organization tool.

Keep Track of Time

Watchminder: watchminder.com. A watch with programmable vibrating reminders to help students stay on task and focus.

Time Timer

TimeTimer: timetimer.com. Displays the passage of time visually. Available as an app too!

Pomodoro Timer Lite: play.google.com. Focus for 25 minutes and the timer signals it’s time for a break.

FocusTime: focustimeapp.com. Allows you to set work and break intervals.

Focus Booster: focusboosterapp.com. Provides digital visual cues to keep track of time.

Mark-My-Time: mark-my-time.com. A bookmark-style timer for timing independent reading.

My PowerClock, www.shop.mypowerclock.com. Small countdown clock.

Stay On Track/Set Reminders

30/30: itunes.apple.com. Make a list and give yourself a time allotment to complete each task.

iCalendar: itunes.apple.com/ Google Calendar: play.google.com. Both sync with cell phones, allowing you to schedule online and to set reminders by email or text.

Wunderlist: wunderlist.com. Ideal for keeping track of homework, projects and schedules.

StayOnTask: play.google.com. This app will periodically “check in” with you to make sure you are doing what you are supposed to be doing.

Study minder: studyminder.com. Homework organizer that keeps track of work times.

Wake Up

Wake N Shake: wakenshakeapp.com. You have to vigorously shake your iPhone to wake up.

I Can’t Wake Up!: play.google.com. You do eight wake-up tasks before the alarm is silenced.

Clocky and Tocky: nandahome.com. These alarm clocks jump on your nightstand and roll around your room while playing your favorite mp3s.

Time Management Tools

Everyday Innovations Picopad Wallet Notes, Post-it note wallet

Post-it Notes Weekly Planner, Customizable wall calendar

Analog Clocks: amazon.com ADVANCE CLOCK

Evernote: evernote.com. Students can capture all their documents in one convenient place.

Coaching for Teens and College Students

JST Coaching: jstcoaches.com

Edge Foundation: edgefoundation.org

Institute for Challenging Disorganization: challengingdisorganization.org

Organizing Products

Case-it binders: caseit.com. The best all-in-one master binder on the market! My favorite is the Dual-101 with two sets of rings.

Duo 7-Pocket Accordion File Binder: wayfair.com. An all-in-one binder that combines a 3-ring binder with an accordion folder.

Delta Planners’ Student Sleeves: deltaplanner.com. An oversized vinyl pouch perfect for holding student supplies.

Graphic Organizers: Studenthandouts.com. Visual outlines to help students organize information.

Presentation Boards: staples.com. Three-sided table top display boards can be used during homework time for privacy if working in an open space.

Locker Supplies: lockerbones.com. Customizable locker shelves that help keep your student organized.

Yoga Ball Chairs: Yogaballchairs.com. Great alternative to a regular chair especially for those students who tend to fidget while doing homework.

Ifocus on Work, www.ifocusonwork.com. Monitors computer use / distractions.

Simply Noise, www.simplynoise.com. Smart phone app.

Wilson Jones Binder Band, www.wilsonjones.com

Privacy Shields,  www.reallygoodstuff.com

Media Distraction Plugins

If you feel that your teen seriously lacks the self-control to monitor his/her tech usage, there are dozens of apps and settings that can be installed directly on a computer.  These programs allow you to set time periods during which your teen will have no access to the Internet at all or block certain websites from his/her computer during certain parts of the day.   As with any technology, it changes daily, but here are a few of the most common media distraction plug-ins available:

Freedom (macfreedom.com):

Freedom works by disabling a computer’s internet connection for the time period you specify. When Freedom is running on your teen’s computer, he/she will not able to get online at all. Freedom makes no permanent changes to the computer. If your teen needs to get back online, say, to do research for a paper, he/she can just reboot the computer.        

Anti-Social (anti-social.cc):

Rather than blocking the Internet in its entirety, Anti-Social automatically blocks all known time-robbers for a set period of time. Sites that are off limit include Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.

Self-Control (selfcontrolapp.com):

With Self-Control, you can block out distracting websites for a set amount of time. It is truly customizable in terms of which sites you can block and for how long. No amount of browser restarts or computer reboots will stop it. However, rather than completely disabling the entire Internet, you can selectively decide which sites are OK or not.

Cold Turkey (getcoldturkey.com):

Cold Turkey is specifically designed for students to help them focus and stay on-track. Not only does it block common websites and programs, but you can also program it to block certain computer games as well.

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