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 elementary UNSTUCK 


For 3rd to 5th graders

Teaching Tips

  • Use Videos to engage students.  See the Unstuck YouTube page where videos are sorted by vocabulary/script.  Also read the introduction to the videos for a list of videos that can't be saved to playlist, but find the links there.

  • Use yourself as a model, and try to laugh at yourself: adults needing Plan B's can be powerful role models.


The new second edition book includes links to downloadable posters, game boards, and student activities and worksheets.

  • Now appropriate for learners with ADHD and other conditions linked to executive function challenges, as well as autism.

  • Tested with teachers and streamlined for user-friendliness.

  • Enhanced parent materials, including materials in Spanish.

  • Tested with a diverse sample of children and refined to increase student engagement.

Teacher and Student

Learn how to teach Unstuck with fun, interactive modules that use real world examples and help you personalize Unstuck for you and your classroom!

How can you help kids with autism be flexible, get organized, and work toward goals—not just in school but in everyday life? It’s all about executive function, and this quick problem-solving guide helps you explicitly teach these critical skills to high-functioning children with autism (Grades K-8). Used on its own or in tandem with the popular Unstuck and On Target! classroom curriculum, this practical guide shows how to embed executive function instruction in dozens of everyday scenarios, from morning routines to getting homework done. Designed for therapists, teachers, and parents, these highly effective techniques give children the skills they need to navigate each day, reach their goals, and succeed inside and outside the classroom.

Solving Executive Function Challenges book cover

Help Parents:

  • Understand executive function—why it’s important and why it’s challenging for children with autism

  • Teach three skills critical to success: flexibility, goal setting, and organization

  • Use consistent scripts and keywords to help children process your message

  • Model desired behaviors —and fade your guidance as children generalize skills

  • Provide simple, effective visual cues that keep kids unstuck and on target

  • Keep it fun and positive, with tips on creative, playful ways to teach executive function skills


PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Dozens of specific, easy-to-do examples; “Goal, Plan, Do, Check” scripts and worksheets that break down tasks into small, achievable chunks; keywords and phrases that help kids stay on target; reproducible visual aids; sample IEP goals.

Help children
with autism:

  • Compromise with family and friends

  • Turn “big deals” into “little deals”

  • Move on to Plan B when Plan A doesn’t work

  • Make plans and carry them out

  • Solve problems independently

  • Be a good friend

  • Handle disappointments and unexpected events

  • Avoid “whims” that get them off track


Quick-reference magnet included! As a bonus, you’ll also get a 4 x 6 magnet printed with keywords and sample scripts from Unstuck and On Target! It’s a handy quick reference for the “Goal-Plan-Do-Check” process that helps students set and meet goals.

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