Special Education Parental Advisory Council

ADHD Executive Programs




Selected Books for Parents: 

  • Understanding Girls with ADHD: How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do – Kathleen G. Nadeau, PhD, Ellen B. Littman, PhD, and Patricia O. Quinn, MD (Second Edition).
  • The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders by Sandra F. Rief (Second Edition).
  • The ADD/ADHD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers – Sandra F. Rief
  • Superparenting for ADD: An Innovative Approach to Raising Your Distracted Child – Edward M. Hallowell and Peter S. Jensen
  • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood – Edward M.  Hallowell and John J. Ratey
  • Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder – Edward M.  Hallowell and John J. Ratey
  • Parenting Children with ADHD: 10 Lessons that Medicine Cannot Teach – Vincent J. Monastra​
  • Teenagers with ADD, ADHD & executive function deficits : a guide for parents and professionals by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy

Selected Books for Children:

  • My Friend Has ADHD – Amanda Doering Tourville (grades K-3)
  • A Walk in the Rain with a Brain – Edward M. Hallowell (grades K-3)
  • Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD – Jeanne Kraus (grades 3 and up)
  • Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD – Patricia O. Quinn and Judith M. Stern (grades 3 and up)
  • Hank Zipzer (series) – Henry Winkler (grades 3 and up)
  • Attention, Girls!: A Guide to Learn All about Your AD/HD – Patricia O. Quinn (grades 4 and up)
  • New book about middle schoolers and ADD at the Weston Public Library – Sidetracked by Diana Harmon Asher

Executive Function

Back to School Strategies for Managing Executive Function Challenges ​​​

Our first meeting of the school year was held on Wednesday, September 26th.  The Weston Public Schools and the Weston SEPAC hosted a presentation entitled “Back to School Strategies for Managing Executive Function Challenges.”  WPS special educators Kate Rodger and Thea Ruggiano provided specific strategies for managing executive function challenges at both the elementary and secondary levels.


The Weston Public Schools and the Weston SEPAC were pleased to welcome

Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP for an Executive Function Strategies Workshop in March 2016​The workshop described how to support your child in:

  • Creating a homework space
  • Organizing personal and school materials
  • Recording assignments and creating a schedule
  • Managing time, tasks and completing long-term projects

Sarah Ward is a dynamic speaker who regularly presents on the topic of executive functions to a variety of professional and parent organizations. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on National Public Radio and she has received multiple awards, including the Massachusetts General Hospital Expertise in Clinical Practice Award and the Faculty in Excellence Award. She works directly with students in her private practice.