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  • Community-Based | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck and On Target for Community-Based Professionals Unstuck provides ready-made small group lesson plans that use proven cognitive-behavioral techniques to build social flexibility, emotion regulation, planning, and organization skills. It was designed for school settings but adapts well to individual and group therapy services. It h as a suite of multimedia companion materials for families in English and Spanish that can be used as standalone coaching, or as complimentary tools to improve generalization. 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. Executive functioning enables us to stick with challenges without getting overwhelmed. They drive social skills and are trans-diagnostic predictors of psychiatric symptoms. They predict success at school and long term quality of life, relationships, happiness, employment, and mental and physical health. Why use Unstuck ?

  • e-Unstuck | Unstuck and On Target

    e-Unstuck: Online Learning for Parents e-Unstuck: Online Learning for Parents ​ e-Unstuck is an interactive online course for parents to teach them to support executive functioning and behavior regulation in children on the autism spectrum. Parents can use this on their own or in conjunction with their child's participation in an Unstuck group at school or in the community. ​ This self paced interactive e-learning course will: Prepare parents to use Unstuck strategies with their child in the real world Provide parents with an individualized set of insights and recommendations for their child, including resources to share with other caregivers, teachers, and community members

  • Research | Unstuck and On Target

    Research on Unstuck and On Target Peer reviewed papers Dickson, K.S., Galligan, M.L., Holt, T., Anthony, L.G., Kenworthy, L., & Brookman-Frazee, L. (in press). Incorporating Community Dickson, K.S., Galligan, M.L., Holt, T., Anthony, L.G., Kenworthy, L., & Brookman-Frazee, L. (in press). Incorporating Community Perspectives to Inform the Scaling-Out of an Evidence-Based Executive Functioning Intervention from Schools to Community Mental Health Settings. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Advanced Online ​ Kenworthy L, Childress D, Armour AC, Verbalis A, Zhang A, Troxel M, Handsman R, Kocher K, Myrick Y, Werner M, Alexander KC, Cannon L, Anthony LG. Leveraging technology to make parent training more accessible: Randomized trial of in-person versus online executive function training for parents of autistic children. Autism. 2022 Aug 2:13623613221111212. doi: 10.1177/13623613221111212. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35916246. ​ Rothschild LB, Ratto AB, Kenworthy L, Hardy KK, Verbalis A, Pugliese C, Strang JF, Safer-Lichtenstein J, Anthony BJ, Anthony LG, Guter MM, Haaga DAF. Parents matter: Parent acceptance of school-based executive functions interventions relates to improved child outcomes. J Clin Psychol. Jul;78(7):1388-1406. doi: 10.1002/jclp.23309. Epub 2022 Jan 8. PMID: 34997971; PMCID: PMC9203869. ​ Swain, D, Troxel, M, Anthony, LG, Kenworthy, L, Verbalis, A, Hardy, KK, Ratto, A, Myrick, Y, & Anthony, B (2021). School-based executive function interventions reduce caregiver strain. International Review of Research in Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.irrdd.2021.08.001 ​ Dickson, KS, Kenworthy, L, Anthony, LG, & Brookman-Frazee, L Mental health therapist perspectives on the role of executive functioning in children’s mental health services. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2022 Advanced Online Publication. doi: 10.1080/23794925.2021.2013142 ​ Kenworthy, L*, Anthony, LG*, Naiman, DQ, Cannon, L, Wills, MC, Werner, MA, Alexander, K, Strang, J, Bal, E, Sokoloff, JL, & Wallace, GL (2014). Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial of Executive Function Invention for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 55:374-83. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12161 *Joint first authors ​ Ratto, AB, Anthony, BJ, Pugliese, C, Mendez, R, Safer-Lichtenstein, J, Dudley, KM, Kahn, NF, Kenworthy, L, Biel, M, Martucci, JL, & Anthony, LG (2017). Lessons learned: Engaging culturally diverse families in neurodevelopmental disorders intervention research. Autism, 21(5):622-34. DOI: 10.1177/1362361316650394. ​ Uddin, L.Q. Cognitive and behavioural flexibility: neural mechanisms and clinical considerations. Nat Rev Neurosci 22, 167–179 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41583-021-00428-w ​ Elias R, Murphy HG, Turner KA, White SW. Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of an Adapted Transdiagnostic Treatment for Children With Executive Function Deficits. J Cogn Psychother. 2019 Nov 1;33(4):343-356. doi: 10.1891/0889-8391.33.4.343. PMID: 32746396. ​ Weitlauf AS, McPheeters ML, Peters B, Sathe N, Travis R, Aiello R, Williamson E, Veenstra-VanderWeele J, Krishnaswami S, Jerome R, Warren Z. Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update. Comparative Effectiveness Review No. 137. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2012-00009-I.) AHRQ Publication No. 14-EHC036-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2014. www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/reports/final.cfm. ​ Peer reviewed presentations Kenworthy, L., *Pugliese, C., Hardy, K.K., *Strang, J., *Ratto, A.B., *Safer-Lichtenstein, J. Biel, M., *Seese, S., *Kraper, C., *Wills, M. C., *Luong-Tran, C., Cannon., Sharber, A.C., Anthony, B., and Anthony, L.G. (2018 February). Evidence for Cross-Diagnosis Efficacy of School-Based Unstuck and On Target Executive Function Intervention in Low Income Communities. In L. Kenworthy (Chair), Bringing Neuropsychology to the People: Transforming Our Knowledge of Executive Function (EF) Phenotypes into Effective Community-Based Interventions for Children.Symposium conducted at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Washington, DC. ​ Hardy KK,*Pugliese C, *Strang JF, *Ratto A, *Seese S, *Safer-Lichtenstein J, Sharber AC, *Luong-Tran C, Cannon L, *Wills M, Biel M, Anthony B, Anthony L, Kenworthy L. (2018, February). Applying contingency-based behavioral management strategies to treat cognitive inflexibility in children with ADHD and ASD: Development and efficacy of a school-based intervention in low-income communities. In L Kenworthy (Chair) Bringing Neuropsychology to the People: Transforming our Knowledge of Executive Function (EF) Phenotypes into Effective Community-Based Interventions for Children. Oral symposium presented at the International Neuropsychological Society 2018 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. ​ *Ratto, A.B., Anthony, L.G., *Powers, M., Verbalis, A., *Seese, S., & Kenworthy, L. (2018, May). Effects of Dual-Language Exposure on Language and Executive Function in Children with ASD and ADHD. Presentation at an oral session at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam, Netherlands. ​ Anthony, L.G., Anthony, B., Verbalis, A., Naiman, D., *Ratto, A.B., *Seese, S., Safer-Lichtenstein, J., Skapek, M., *Powers, M., Troxel, M., Kenworthy, L. (2018, May). An Exploration of Possible Moderators in an Addressing Disparities Comparative Effectiveness Trial for Elementary Students with ASD or ADHD. In A. Gruber (Chair) Psychosocial and Demographic Moderators of Intervention Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults with ASD. Panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam, Netherlands. ​ Anthony, L.G., Verbalis, A., *Pugliese C, Hardy KK,*Strang JF, Anthony, B., *Ratto, A.B., *Seese, S., Safer-Lichtenstein, J., Armour, A.C., Troxel, M., Myrick, Y., Limon, D., Kenworthy, L. (2018, May). What Matters?: An Examination of Implementation Factors in the Effectiveness of Two Tier 2 School-based Interventions. In L. Kenworthy (Chair) Reaching Children Where They Are: The Promise and Challenge of School-Based Intervention for Autism.Panel presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Autism Research, Rotterdam, Netherlands. ​ Kenworthy, L., Anthony, L.G., Hardy, K., Safer-Lichtenstein, J., Verbalis, A., Biel, M., Seese, S., Strang, J., Ratto, A., Pugliese, C., & Anthony, B. (May, 2017) Addressing Disparities Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Community-Based Executive Function Treatments in ASD & ADHD, International Meeting for Autism Research, San Francisco. ​ Kenworthy, L., Anthony, L.G., Myrick, Y. (November 2016) A Community-Based Executive Function Intervention for Low- Income Children with ADHD and ASD Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. ​ Kenworthy, L. Luong-Tran, C., Werner, M.A., Strang, J. F., Dudley, K., Sharber, A. C., Wallace, G. L., & Anthony, L. G. (2014). Longitudinal Outcomes of Unstuck and On Target Executive Function Intervention Trial in Children with ASD. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Atlanta, Georgia. ​ Kenworthy, L., Luong-Tran, C., Dudley, K., Naiman, D. Q., Strang, J. F., Werner, M.A., Alexander, K. C., Cannon, L., & Anthony, L. G. (2014). Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial of Executive Function Invention for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Poster at the 42nd annual meeting of the International Neuropsychology Society, Seattle, Washington. ​

  • Unstuck Fast Facts| Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck Fast Facts ​ Read a one-page summary of the approach and research base for this intervention. Unstuck Fast Facts

  • NASP Conference | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck and On Target at the 2023 National Association of School Psychologists Conference Thank you for joining us! See below for more about the information presented in the symposium and use the menu at the top of the page to learn about everything Unstuck . Don't forget to enter your email at the bottom of the page to sign up for our mailing list so we can keep you updated about upcoming projects and resources. Symposium Slides Want to review the information presented at the conference? You can access our slides below. Parent Videos Check out our videos that provide information and practical strategies that parents can immediately use to support their neurodivergent child’s executive functions. Interventionist Training Learn about the Unstuck and On Target for Elementary online training

  • Unstuck Fast Facts | Unstuck and On Target

    Unstuck Fast Facts Unstuck Fast Facts ​ Read a one-page summary of the approach and research base for this intervention.

  • 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 in a Box | Unstuck and On Target

    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. Unstuck in a Box

  • Unstuck Workbook | Unstuck and On Target

    A Workbook to Make Unstuck and On Target! a Way of Life: Your Guide to Executive Functioning! A Workbook to Make Unstuck and On Target a Way of Life: Your Guide to Executive Functioning! ​ This resource was written as a companion for families and caregivers of children in Unstuck and On Target classes and helps explain how to make the most out of these lessons at home.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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