Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools To Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals

New Harbinger. (Instant Help Solutions). Oct. 2020. 176p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781684035335.
Gr 9 Up–Executive functioning enables individuals to plan life goals and carry them to fruition. Clinical psychologist Honos-Webb provides a clear and stimulating guide for teens to sharpen their ability to control their thoughts and actions. The six super skills discussed in the text are finding gifts, setting goals, chunking, boosting motivation, managing moods, and finding focus. Each chapter is organized into small segments, which allows readers to easily digest the information. Honos-Webb uses research to explain the skills and then offers real-world examples of high school students applying these skills to their everyday lives. Each chapter stresses the importance of positive self-talk, using technology to help achieve goals, and using these tools instead of drugs or alcohol to alleviate stress; examples of how this can be done are also included. Readers are encouraged to keep a journal to document their feelings. In this respect, this title is similar to Mariam Gates’s teen self-help yoga and meditation book, This Moment Is Your Life. Both guides show teens how to manage stress in healthy ways and ask readers to journal their progress. These super skills are relevant in today’s off-center world. All teens can find helpful tips and advice within the pages of this work.
VERDICT Honos-Webb weaves science and relatable examples into her narrative without talking down to her audience. The subject matter will appeal to both teens and adults. Recommended for public and high school libraries.

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