Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment and Intervention

Paperback Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools

By (author) Peg Dawson, By (author) Richard Guare

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  • Publisher: Guilford Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 264mm x 13mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 21 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1606235710
  • ISBN 13: 9781606235713
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 41,250

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Concise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching, and whole-class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists, and planning sheets. Purchasers get access to a webpage where they can download and print the reproducible materials. This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series.

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Peg Dawson, EdD, is a staff psychologist at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders. Dr. Dawson is a past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association. She is a recipient of the National Association of School Psychologists' Lifetime Achievement Award. Richard Guare, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and board-certified behavior analyst who serves as director of the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders at Seacoast Mental Health Center. Dr. Guare serves as a consultant to schools and agencies in programs for autism, learning and behavior disorders, and acquired brain injuries. He has presented and published research and clinical work involving attention, executive skills, and neurological disorders.

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"This is a comprehensive resource for professionals who work with children of all ages. The authors include helpful and practical tables, checklists, and steps for many general classroom routines, as well as assessments and interventions for specific executive skills. The second edition provides an expanded response-to-intervention framework for applying the instructional techniques with whole classes and individual students." - Patti L. Harrison, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research ethodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama, USA "As a school psychologist, I am always looking for resources that take the latest research and translate it into everyday practice. Dawson and Guare provide practical, specific, and easy-to-use guidelines for intervening with students at every tier of the RTI process. From assessment to intervention to progress monitoring, the book is packed with clear routines and tools to use in consulting with teachers, parents, and administrators. It also has a wealth of information about how to intervene with whole classes, small groups, and individual students. My copy of the first edition is well worn, and I can already tell the second edition will be as well, because of its practical and easily reproducible materials." - Rebecca Branstetter, school psychologist, Oakland Unified School District, California, USA "This invaluable resource has been updated, reorganized, and expanded. The authors blend theory and practice to provide a thorough understanding of why and how to implement interventions for executive skills deficits. The book is formatted for quick, easy reference with concise tables, figures, and forms; the language and content are professional yet very user friendly. Presented are widely applicable intervention strategies that will help facilitate immediate results for school practitioners and teachers." - Stephen G. Hoppin, school psychologist, Jefferson County School District, Colorado, USA "The book represents a welcome step forward in designing and implementing interventions and supports to promote executive function at home and in the classroom. Dawson and Guare integrate up-to-date theory with interventions that take a real-world, problem-solving approach to the full spectrum of executive difficulties, from inhibitory control and emotional regulation to initiation, working memory, planning, and organization. An essential 'how-to' manual." - Peter K. Isquith, Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Dartmouth Medical School, USA "Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, Second Edition, is a thoughtful, thorough, and timely resource for education students, practitioners, and school psychologists. This book is the definitive examination of executive functioning in children and adolescents. It is comprehensive in its coverage and highlights the need for assessment of executive skills in the classroom. This is an excellent reference for practitioners designing instructional programs for students who need additional training in executive skills." - Tina Stanton-Chapman, Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia, USA "This is a rich and practical resource for all those working with children, including educators, therapists, and psychologists. Dawson and Guare demystify the complex and often confusing construct of executive function, citing its neurological basis, but also providing practical insights about how executive dysfunction affects the lives of students of all ages and ability levels. Notably, Dawson and Guare address executive functions from a developmental perspective, acknowledging the dynamic interaction between brain development and the ever-changing societal demands placed on children. The second edition also addresses the issue of primary prevention of executive function problems. Readers will especially appreciate the case examples and recommendations for intervention in the classroom, home, and in therapeutic and coaching settings, as well as the many intervention guides provided in the appendices." - E. Mark Mahone, Director, Neuropsychology, Kennedy Krieger Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Table of contents

1. Overview of Executive Skills 2. Assessing Executive Skills 3. Linking Assessment to Intervention 4. Interventions to Promote Executive Skills 5. Specific Teaching Routines to Promote Executive Skills Development 6. Interventions for Specific Executive Skills Domains 7. Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits 8. Executive Skills Interventions within a Response-to-Intervention Framework 9. Applications to Specific Populations 10. Planning for Transitions Appendix: Reproducible Forms