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  • Unstuck and On Target | Executive Function

    Unstuck and On Target Unstuck for Ages 11-15 now available ​ Learn how to provide Unstuck 8-11 to your students through an asynchronous online educator training. FREE 3.5 CEC cr edit! Spanish Speaking Families: Participate in Unstuck Research Familias Hispanohablantes: Participar en un estudio de Unstuck Click Here! What is Unstuck ? ​​​Unstuck is a suite of tools for educators, families, and clinicians to build executive function skills. Resources include: Curricula for both elementary and middle school aged students Online implenter training modules Free videos Online parent training Free supplemental materials (YouTube Channel and posters) ​ The Unstuck currricula consist of small group lessons and simple, everyday strategies that build a common language. Children improve in their regulation of feelings, behavior, and thinking by improving their core executive function skills of flexibility, planning and organization. ​ Who is Unstuck for? Does it Work? Unstuck is for children who struggle with executive functioning. Unstuck is a language mediated intervention, although it contains extensive visual supports which can be adapted for use with many different types of children. Research shows that Unstuck helps children with autism or ADHD become more flexible problem solvers, with better abilities to follow directions, make transitions, and avoid meltdowns and negativity. It also helps reduce parent stress and creates calmer classrooms. Further research needs to be done on a broader group of people with executive function challenges. ​ ​ More Who can Implement Unstuck ? The Unstuck intervention (curriculum) can be delivered by school based personnel and/or community based clinicians such as: Teachers Speech and language therapists Counselors Social workers Psychologists Occupational therapists Paraeducators Tutors Parents can create an Unstuck home: Online Unstuck Parent Course Solving EF Challenges book Free Parent Videos and Tip Sheets ​ ​ ​ Para espanol haga clic aqui Unstuck from Early Childhood through Early Adulthood Ages 4-6 Ages 8-11 Ages 11-15 Ages 14-22 Unstuck song Story books Activities Fun games Experiments Planning fun activities Building power Understanding your strengths and challenges Self advocacy Curriculum In Development Curriculum and Online Training Available Learn More Curriculum and Online Training Coming Soon Video: The importance of the Unstuck philosophy In the video below, Julia Bascom speaks to the importance of the Unstuck philosophy: Understanding your strengths and things you need to work on so that you can seek accommodations and supports. ​ This video is not an endorsement by ASAN of Unstuck . Video court esy of Watch more videos Parent/Caregiver Parent/Caregiver Parent/Caregiver Implementers Do you want to improve classroom management and build a common language of self regulation in your school? Are you working with a child who is stuck on an overwhelming feeling or situation? Do you have clients who are struggling to be flexible in social situations? Learn More Families Does your child struggle with changes in routine, working independently or overwhelming feelings? "Unstuck has been a lifesaver for our family" Learn More TESTIMONIALS Here's what parents say they learned... ​ "Unstuck has changed the way our family interacts. We now all use the scripts and we have a common language that we really try to use in both good and bad times. You know it's working when your child tells you that you stuck and you are!" Here's what kids say they learned... ​ “Being able to have multiple plans because if I don’t have multiple plans I get stuck. If I have multiple plans I can get a little of what I want, rather than not at all. In most situations that’s better." Here's what teachers say... ​ “This is exactly the type of intervention needed to support our academically higher but dysregulated kiddos with ASD and ADHD. I appreciate the structure the curriculum provides.” Here's what community providers say... ​ "Unstuck works for clients with all kinds of challenges, including anxiety, ADHD, and autism. More importantly, kids and families have fun and can do it!" ​ ​

  • Trainings | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck Training Trainings Unstuck and on Target authors offer training for parent groups, teachers, school districts, and advocacy groups. Our highly interactive and dynamic training is a half or full day, with follow-ups as needed. The goals of Unstuck training can be individualized by usually include: An introduction to executive functions, their importance and impact on performance How to teach and coach using Unstuck strategies How and when to use the Unstuck scripts and approach The research on Unstuck and executive function ​ Contact us for more information! Visit our YouTube Channel! Browse playlists that include: Unstuck training videos Parent support videos Collections of fun and engaging videos to support Unstuck Lessons See Laura Anthony's Unstuck Training for Schools This in depth 3 part training gives you an deep dive into using Unstuck in schools. Laura Anthony Discusses Unstuck Implementation in the Community Dr. Anthony explains key Unstuck concepts and approaches in this one hour webinar for Behavioral Alliance of South Carolina. Lauren Kenworthy and Lynn Cannon Discuss Unstuck This webinar showcased key Unstuck strategies and approaches for both families and interventionists. Learn Online Organization and Virtual Learning Strategies These short, engaging videos teach key strategies for people with executive function difficulties. The experts at CHADD developed these 1-2 minute gems.

  • Unstuck in 13 Lessons | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck in 13 Lessons Unstuck in 13 Lessons ​ Sometimes there is not enough time to do the whole manualized intervention. This scope and sequence outlines a 13 week option, highlighting key lessons and activities.

  • Companion Materials | Unstuck and On Target

    Easy Access to Unstuck and On Target! Curriculum Materials ​ ​ When you buy the Unstuck book, don't miss the downloadable resources! Go to Brookes Download Hub, register, and put in the code found on page ix of your Unstuck manual! Download FREE Unstuck Companion Materials

  • Curriculum | Unstuck and On Target

    elementary UNSTUCK UNSTUCK AND ON TARGET 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. Easy to Use Curriculum 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. Learn more about Unstuck and On Target! Gameboards & Posters Interventionist Training Resources Learn how to teach Unstuck with fun, interactive modules that use real world examples and help you personalize Unstuck for you and your classroom! Bringing Unstuck Home: Solving Executive Function Challenges: Simple ways to get kids with autism unstuck and on target 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 Challenges 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.

  • Tips and Tricks | Unstuck and On Target

    Tips and Tricks We have selected a few resources that we believe will help you quickly and easily implement Unstuck and On Target! in your classroom, group, or clinic. Be sure to also check out our full list of resources . Unstuck in 13 Lessons ​ Sometimes there is not enough time to do the whole manualized intervention. This scope and sequence outlines a 13 week option, highlighting key lessons and activities. Unstuck in a Box ​ Save yourself valuable time by using these instructions to prep all of the materials you will need to implement Unstuck ahead of time.

  • Implementers | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck and On Target for Implementers Why Use Unstuck in School and Community Settings? Unstuck provides ready-made small group lesson plans with companion parent materials in English and Spanish that build executive functioning and help students regulate their thinking, feelings and behavior. It was designed for school settings but adapts well to individual and group therapy services. It u ses a strengths-based approach to improve social flexibility and readiness for learning , so it addresses academic needs and social-emotional learning standards. It creates calmer classrooms and better independent learners through a co common language of emotion regulation, flexibility, goal setting and planning. ​​​ Why are Executive Functions Important? Executive functioning is a set of brain-based abilities that help us set goals, make plans, manage disappointment, and stay flexible in the face of unexpected events and unwanted demands. Executive functioning enables us to stick with challenges without getting overwhelmed. They drive social skills and predict academic achievement, long term happiness, employment, and health. More Video: The importance of routines In this video, Julia Bascom discusses her use of routines and how they compliment her thinking style and allow her to get things done that she otherwise wouldn’t. ​ Video courtesy of Watch more videos Testimonials ​ “It explicitly teaches students executive function skills and strategies that are good for everyone- adults and kids the same.” "These are life skills that you're teaching..." "(Unstuck ) worked great with many students who struggled emotionally." "Unstuck and On Target teaches skills many students need in order to be successful in school." "The skills that Unstuck and On Target teaches students are incredibly valuable. This curriculum works well with the school-wide behavior model." "I saw a lot of growth in my students who struggle, not just ones identified with EF struggles, and it motivated my students who are high flyers. I altered the curriculum to be part of a whole class focus for 26 students."

  • About Unstuck | Unstuck and On Target

    About Unstuck and On Target What is Unstuck? ​​​An executive function curriculum that uses proven cognitive-behavioral techniques to improve flexibility, emotion regulation, planning and organization. A set of fun activities that cue larger concepts, resulting in a shared language and approach for learning to be flexible, set goals and make plans. An adaptable set of lessons designed for use in schools by any school staff, but also used in clinic settings. Unstuck meets Tier 2 Intervention requirements for IEP's and 504's, but has been used in mainstream classrooms and in Tier 3 educational settings as well. A suite of resources that includes: Manual of 21 small group lessons Companion book for parents teachers, and therapists to support generalization of Unstuck Online training modules with CE credits for teachers Brief videos and an accessible online training platform for parents to learn the language and strategies of Unstuck. Who is Unstuck for and Does it Work? Unstuck is designed for 8- to 11- year-olds with average IQ who have challenges with flexibility, organization and planning. It was originally developed for children with autism who have strong cognitive and language skills. However, it targets executive function abilities that are essential for all children to thrive at home and at school, and research has shown that is effective for children with ADHD as well as autism. Research has documented that Unstuck helps children: Become more flexible problem solvers Improve classroom behaviors for following directions, making transitions, and avoiding meltdowns and negativity. How Can I Learn Unstuck? Use the small group curriculum manual : complete lesson plans with explicit, step by step directions. Parents, teachers and therapists can read Solving Executive Function Challenges to learn strategies to generalize Unstuck skills. Parents and teachers can watch these short videos in English and Spanish, which provide simple, practical ideas parent can use immediately. Parents can complete e-Unstuck on-line training.

  • Unstuck Curriculum| Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck and On Target! Elementary Curriculum Unstuck and On Target! Elementary Curriculum ​ Unstuck and On Target is an intervention available as a kit that includes all the elements needed to implement the intervention in a school or clinic. While this curriculum was created for use in these settings, community providers have also found Unstuck to be extremely helpful with their clients. The box includes the direct instruction curriculum, links to download parent and teacher handouts, game board, and posters. ​ COMING SOON: High school and middle school Unstuck curricula

  • Resources | Unstuck and On Target

    Administrator Resources Interventionist Training Preview! These self-paced modules will allow Unstuck implementors to earn CEU's! Click below to view portions of the training and stay tuned for more information on when the entire training will be available! Module 1 provides an overview of the training and previews the resources and activities that are available to you as you complete the training. ​ View all of Module 1 here . In the following slides from Module 7: Watch Teachers Put Unstuck Into Action, you will see examples of the interactive slides, how we use the student case studies, and a teacher using Unstuck principles in their classroom.​ ​ View slides from Module 7 here . Click here to download Unstuck Snapshot summarizing the approach and research base for this EF intervention.

  • Flexibility Game | Unstuck and On Target

    Play a flexibility game online! ​ Students roll the dice and click on the i on the space to draw a card. If someone lands on the same space, move forward one. Play a Flexibility Game Online!

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