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Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning: Tools to Help Teens Improve Focus, Stay Organized, and Reach Their Goals
Lara Honos-Webb, PhD | Foreword by Neil D. Brown, LCSW
Instant Help / Softcover / 2020-10-01 / 1684035333
ADHD Parenting / Teen / Young Adult
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176 pages
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6 SUPER SKILLS to help teens stay focused and reach their goals!

Do you sometimes have trouble paying attention in school? Do you lose track of time and deadlines? Do you often feel “scattered” or unorganized? You’re not alone. All teens need a little extra help staying focused—in school and in life. This is especially true if you have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorders, a mood disorder, or have experienced traumatic brain injury. The good news is that there are skills you can learn to help you stay on track.

In this friendly guide, psychologist and ADHD expert Lara Honos-Webb offers six powerful “super skills” to help you pay attention, increase productivity, and get organized so you can achieve your goals and live your best life. These skills include:
• Focusing on the positive
• Goal setting
• Chunking: breaking big goals down into small manageable chunks
• Motivational enhancement
• Emotional regulation: dealing with “big” feelings
• Managing attention

Once you learn and practice these skills, you’ll feel empowered to conquer any task—no matter how big. So, why not start learning them today?


“Teenagers need to be able to set and achieve goals, but their executive functioning often isn’t fully developed. Drawing on the latest neuroscience, Lara Honos-Webb provides a road map for mastering these skills—which will set up teens for success not only in high school, but throughout their lives.”
Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

“Lara Honos-Webb has done it again. With 6 Super Skills for Executive Functioning, she has created a road map for teens and their parents to improve executive function and motivation to change related maladaptive habits—and to do so in a positive (re)frame. Her deep knowledge and experience working successfully with teens who have executive function issues is demonstrated in each suggestion she offers.”
Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, ABPP, CEO and founder of Live in Their World; adjunct clinical faculty at University of California, San Francisco; and coauthor of Abnormal Psychology and Introducing Psychology

“‘How can I envision, set, and achieve my goals in life?’ Lara Honos-Webb breaks down this question for teens and young adults in a simple, step-by-step manner that is easy to follow for any reader. This book teaches big dreamers how to think S.M.A.R.T, deal with life’s challenges, and achieve ambitions with grit.”
Grace Friedman, advocate, speaker, founder of, and coauthor of Winning with ADHD

“Another informative and inspiring book by Lara Honos-Webb. This book is full of action-oriented tools that guide teenagers to learn the skills they need to stay focused, set goals, manage stress, stop negative thinking habits, and ultimately chart a course of positive thinking. Lara writes with compassion, acceptance, and optimism—as she encourages teenagers to shift their mind-set, and move to a place of self-empowerment.”
Robin Goldstein, PhD, instructor of child and adolescent psychology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)

“While reading Lara Honos-Webb’s clear and encouraging guide, my thoughts turned to the many people who go through life never believing in their own competence. She wants each teen to know that their minds can practice and grow important skills they might believe are impossible. She offers not only hope, but reassurance that they can build self-discipline and discover its gift—the freedom to choose.”
Margaret Robinson Rutherford, PhD, clinical psychologist, and author of Perfectly Hidden Depression

“A great continuation of BRAIN HACKS. Lara Honos-Webb is the best specialist in executive functions for all inhabitants of the neurodiversity planet: neurotypicals and neurodivergents. In these times of ‘electronality,’ where virtuality re-signifies our life, we must relearn how to develop each mind into the gift that it must become. 6 Super Skills for Executive Functioning teaches us how.”
Ernesto Reaño, psychologist, linguist, and author of The Return to the Village

“Lara Honos-Webb has created a beautiful guide to self-mastery for youth who are struggling with executive function challenges that is accessible and straightforward . Backed by the latest research, it is chock- full of helpful tips to create positive shifts in mind-set that will empower any youth who practices these skills. This is definitely on my list of favorites to share with the neurodiverse kids I work with, and their parents.”
—Shawn V. Giammattei, PhD, professor of clinical psychology at Alliant International University, and founder and director of the Gender Health Training Institute and Quest Family Therapy

“Once again, Lara Honos-Webb has brilliantly put together an actionable and inspiring book for those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—this time written to teens. The ‘super skills’ she shares in this book, synthesized through years of her own clinical research, are transformative tools that will be a true gift to each reader who applies them. The book’s content is well researched and peppered with illustrative stories to make it an enjoyable and accessible read.”
Mary Illions Wilde, MD, integrative pediatrician, and owner of Imagine Pediatrics Behavioral Health and Wellness

“As a person with ADHD, I wish I had this book as a teenager. Lara Honos-Webb combines real science and real talk to help us understand our minds and achieve our goals. Most importantly, this book provides a road map for self-discovery—helping teens tune into their gifts, identify their strengths, and build confidence along the way.”
Margaux Joffe, founder of Kaleidoscope Society for women with ADHD, and corporate social responsibility leader

“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.... 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.”
School Library Journal

About the Authors:

Lara Honos-Webb, PhD, is a worldwide attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) expert, and offers ADHD coaching. She is a clinical psychologist, and author of The Gift of ADHD, The Gift of ADHD Activity Book, The Gift of Adult ADD, The ADHD Workbook for Teens, and Listening to Depression. She has also published more than twenty-five scholarly articles. Learn more about her work at

Neil D. Brown, LCSW, is author of Ending The Parent-Teen Control Battle and host of the Healthy Family Connections Podcast. Brown is a therapist, speaker, trainer, and behavioral health consultant. Learn more about his work at

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